The Perry Township Education Foundation announced today that it is transforming one of its signature events, Coach Hathaway’s Running South, into the PTEF Family Fit Fest. The change reflects the organization’s focus on children and families, while retaining the tribute to one of the district’s longest serving coaches, Tom Hathaway.
The event is Saturday, September 28 at 9:00 AM at the Southport High School Cardinal Stadium. Proceeds from the event will continue to support innovative classroom projects in Perry Township Schools and the Coach Hathaway Scholarship Fund.
In addition to the traditional “Coach Hathaway 10k, 5k and 1-Mile Run,” the event now features a circuit of free, family-friendly fitness activities led by physical education teachers from the township’s elementary schools. Activities include an obstacle course, soccer goal contest, 40-yard dash, and “discovery zone” for young children.
“PTEF is honored to continue Coach Hathaway’s legacy by making fitness accessible to all.” said Amelia Miller, Perry Township Education Foundation Executive Director. “Our re-imagined event will be more family-friendly than ever.”
The event’s pricing and registration process remains the same. New this year is a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Runners raise funds individually or in teams and can earn prizes and race-day recognition by securing sponsorships for their participation in the event.
Hathaway’s legacy continues to be a focus of the race portion of the program, honoring his 46 years of service as a teacher and coach in Perry Township. Coach Hathaway ran 131 marathons, many half-marathons, and countless other races. At age 79, he was the oldest finisher at the inaugural Running South event in 2011. Hathaway passed away in 2012.
For more information or to register for the event, visit the Perry Township Education Foundation website at www.ptef.org.
This year, forty special Perry Township educators recognized through the Honor an Educator program will receive an extra treat: a $15 gift certificate from local restaurant, Hops & Fire. Headed up by local Chef Chip Huckaby, Hops & Fire offers artisan fresh food in a relaxed neighborhood setting.
“We are so excited to have support from Hops & Fire for this year’s Honor an Educator program,” said Andy May, co-chair of the PTEF Teacher Appreciation committee. “It’s just another example of how the Perry Township community values the hard work of our teachers every day.”
Recognizing a teacher through Honor an Educator is easy! For a gift of as little as $10, an educator you designate will receive a certificate signed by the superintendent and your personalized message about the impact that educator has made. Your donation will go to support innovative and creative programs in Perry Township schools.
Indianapolis — The Perry Township Education Foundation (PTEF) has hired Amelia Miller, who has experience and expertise in fundraising and youth development, as its new executive director. She began working July 21.
Miller previously served as a program coordinator for the Marion County Commission on Youth, leadership specialist for Key Club International, PTEF board president Chuck Stumpf said.
“In addition to her expertise in the nonprofit sector, Amelia is a Perry Township resident and a staunch advocate for public education. I’m confident she will support the district well,” Stumpf said.
PTEF supports innovative and creative classroom projects for teachers in Perry Township including Perry Meridian, Southport, and the new township kindergarten centers. With strategic guidance and direction from the PTEF board of directors, Miller will act as manager and director of operations. She will oversee all PTEF activities, including fundraising, events, grants, communications, and volunteer coordination. She will also supervise PTEF’s new part-time development associate.
Miller replaces Hannah Dale, who is leaving the foundation this July after working there for over 2 years. The executive director search was conducted by a search committee that was appointed by the PTEF board of directors.
Miller is looking forward to increased involvement in the district.
“I am thrilled to support Perry Township teachers, students, and families in my new role. I look forward to working with PTEF’s board and volunteers to support innovation and creativity in schools,” Miller said.
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