BENEFITING: Teach for America, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Oct 07, 2012
The TFA Chicago Marathon team is a unique fundraising opportunity where marathon runners can raise money for Teach For America Chicago. This serves as our 4th year participating in the charity program of the Chicago Marathon. Our goal is to raise $50,000. Please join us in this effort by making a donation to our team or signing up for the marathon and running on behalf of Teach For America. Our official fundraising page is located at http://teachforamerica.fundly.com/tfachicagomarathon
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon hosts thousands of runners who choose to make their Chicago Marathon experience more meaningful by running on behalf of a charity. These runners begin the training season with goals for personal bests in their marathon time as well as in fundraising dollars.
Teach For America aims to end educational inequity—the reality that in our country where a child is born determines his or her educational outcomes and, in turn, life prospects. Our vision is that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. Learn more about Teach For America.
In Chicago Public Schools, 50% of all CPS students do not graduate from high school. The 50% who graduate read and do math at an 8th grade level are thus not prepared for college-level work for 21st century jobs. These realities run counter to our promise of equal opportunity and threaten the long term competitiveness and viability of our city. With your help, we have the power to change this reality.
Teach For America Chicago currently fields a corps of 384 teachers who are working alongside 400 alumni teachers, 37 alumni principals, and 49 alumni assistant principals to close the achievement gap in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods. Collectively, our corps members and alumni impact more than 60,000 low-income students throughout Chicago each day.