Literacy, fun focus on Banks Trail 5K Saturday

Special to the Fort Mill TimesFebruary 24, 2014 

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    Runners and walkers who want to participate in the How at the Sun 5K and Fun Run at register at the school website,

— The faculty, staff and parents of Banks Trail Middle School are hosting a 5K to raise 10K.

“The proceeds are for a literacy program,” said Cassie McGowan, a member of the Parent Teacher Organization.

McGowan said the Banks Trail Middle School PTO is excited to present the inaugural Howl at the Sun and Run for Fun 5K, and One Mile Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“The Timberwolves will be on the prowl, not only embracing an active lifestyle, but also raising money for the PTO to help improve the school,” McGowan said.

The runners, who paid $15 to register, will start at the school and finish on the football field. The money raised will help fund the Achieve 3000 Program for the 2014-2015 school year. This program is a non-fiction literacy program.

“For more than a decade, Achieve 3000 has supported the individuality and potential of every student by helping them reach higher levels of reading and writing proficiency,” Vice Principal Chad Allen said. “Achieve works to identify reading and writing levels of students, and assigns practice based on individual skills.”

Although that’s the primary focus, event is about more than academics.

“In addition to promoting physical activity and raising money, we expect this race to be just plain fun,” McGowan said. “We'll have music along the race course and lots of Timberwolf spirit from start to finish.

There is a competition going on between grade levels and the grade with the highest percentage participation in the race will win a field day in May.

Six Pence Pub and Restaurant is the naming sponsor. Some of the other sponsors are McGowan, Hood and Felder Law Firm, Biehl Dentistry and Big Fireworks.

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