Ready, set, GO...
The sound of an air horn shrieks, and within moments hundreds of people are running through the streets of Stamford. In some past years, it was a swarm of blue shirts, but this year, it'll be a clean, crisp white to celebrate the
10th Anniversary of the MarcUS for Change 5K Walk & Run.
Students, educators, parents, and community members will all run (or walk) to celebrate the life and memory of Marcus Dixon McInerney, a Stamford High School graduate who overcame many life challenges to attend West Point Academy before his life ended tragically in 2012. After two years of virtual events, 5K participants will be together again, fueled by the adrenaline of the runner beside them and the crowd's cheers as they cross the finish line.
Join the fun as we celebrate ten years! Learn more about the event here.
MarcUS for Change 5K Walk & Run
Sunday, October 23, 2022 (rain or shine)
Mill River Park
Afterward, join in the fun at SPEF’s Family FallFest, featuring interactive, hands-on activities for kids (presented by Kids Helping Kids and other community partners), SPEF’s Books Across Stamford book giveaway, tasty fall treats — and more!
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Check out our sponsorship opportunities or contact Julie Callery for more information.
New and Noteworthy at SPEF
$250,000 in State Funding for 36,000 Free Books
The community recently gathered in the Stamford Government Center lobby as Senator Richard Blumenthal
announced $250,000 in federal funding for SPEF and Reading is FUNdamental (RIF).
This funding will support book distributions and literacy activities for children in the Stamford area, providing three free books to 12,000 Pre-K through 5th-grade students. In addition, the funds will also help create a free digital library called the "Skybrary" with 1,000 titles and to produce bookmarks, parent tip sheets, and other materials to supplement reading engagement.
Read about it in this Stamford Advocate article!
Last month, SPEF came together with the Stamford Police Department, Beacon Properties, and the Ferguson Library to re-open the Chester Addison Community Center. Chief Timothy Shaw, Sgt. Jerry Junes, State Senator Patricia Billie-Miller, State Rep. Corey Paris, and more were on hand to welcome the children and their families back to the Center.
SPEF will open its first Student Center for middle school mentoring and tutoring this fall, providing a dedicated space for students to receive the support they need.
Students who receive a high-quality preschool experience have better academic outcomes by 3rd grade — plus stronger social-emotional skills. This year, SPEF’s Summer Start Program supported 122 four- and five-year-old children in our district who lacked an early childhood education experience. Students had the opportunity to learn basic math and literacy skills, along with classroom routines in preparation for Kindergarten. They participated in a field trip to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center where they visited farm animals and rode a school bus for the first time. The summer concluded with a puppet presentation from PeaceWorks and a visit from SPEF’s Books Across Stamford, where every student went home with three books for their home library. By the end of the five weeks, these young learners were prepared for an exciting new school year.
Books Across Stamford
Books Across Stamford had a very successful summer distributing more than 3,400 books to 1,500 children in just two weeks. In addition to visiting summer schools and various camps, books were also distributed at several community events. SPEF thanks our community volunteers and donors who helped make all of these events possible!
Books Across Stamford is an engaging literacy program focused on motivating children to read by distributing new, free books and literacy resources to economically disadvantaged children and families.
Wishing all Stamford Public Schools students and faculty a wonderful start to their school year!
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