DUNCANVILLE, TX – Ben Franklin Apothecary hosted the 3rd Annual Heart of Duncanville 5K run/walk on Saturday, October 8th encouraging folks to develop a healthy/active lifestyle and to support the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation. Participants took part in a wonderful event that included a scenic route through Downtown Duncanville & Lakeside Park, concert by the Shane Bell Band, bounce houses and many more family fun activities. Nearly 700 registrants from throughout Dallas County participated in the community event, which raised $22,000 in net proceeds.
All the proceeds will benefit the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation which generates and distributes grants to Duncanville ISD teachers for programs/projects that enhance the quality of education and provide students with opportunities to become contributing citizens. Support from over 90 sponsors helped to make the event a huge success. Thanks to Luke’s Locker, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, First Presbyterian Church, McKesson, Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, KRLD News Radio and many more. To view all our sponsors, please visit www.HeartOfDuncanville5K.com and support these wonderful organizations.
Duncanville ISD teachers, students and staff supported the event in a big way during the race weekend. Students from Smith Elementary School’s “Marathon Kids” Running Club got the racers warmed up by leading them through a series of stretches. Duncanville Pantherettes’ Head Coach, Cathy Self-Morgan, signaled the start of the race and got the runners going. DISD Superintendent, Dr. Marc Smith; Mayor of Duncanville, David Green; & Education Foundation Director, Jim Richardson, handed out awards to the winners at the end of the race.
Duncanville High School had the most participating runners within the entire district and will receive a catered lunch from Kitchens Deli for the entire staff. Participants from Daniel Intermediate School dressed in white tutus and halos won the “Spirit Award” for the best dressed team & race day spirit. Three Duncanville ISD employees won the “Heart Award” which is presented to the district employee who goes above and beyond to make the race a success. Winners included DHS team captain, David Womack; Jay Lamar, who facilitated the t-shirt design with his graphic arts class; and Smith Elementary’s team captain, Matthew Garcia.
Race Director Kasey Cheshier stated, “To see the Duncanville community & school district come together to support our local teachers & students is truly inspiring. Education is the foundation upon which we build our future on. To give these students in the district an opportunity to excel in the classroom is what it’s all about. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my passion for running &
support the work being done in the classrooms each day!”
Sheila Casey, President of the Education Foundation adds, “The Heart of Duncanville 5K is aptly named. Children are the heart of every community, and the 5K adds immeasurably to the Education Foundation’s ability to fund innovative teaching grants that enrich their learning and, therefore, their lives.”