Turkey Trot Walkathon to Benefit School Backpack Program

October 19, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Elise Driver

Did you know that 6% of DeKalb County students regularly go hungry?

You can help feed these students through the DeKalb County Coordinated School Health Backpack Program by supporting and participating in the 2nd Annual Turkey Trot Walkathon to be held on Saturday, November 11 at Greenbrook Park.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and all you need to bring to enter is a non-perishable food item for the Backpack Program.

“The Turkey Trot Walkathon hopes to encourage our community to get outside and enjoy some physical activity and fun while also supporting a great program. All ages are welcome. There are nine age categories and prizes will be given to a male and female in each age category that walks or runs the most laps around Greenbrook Park. We will have games, food, crafts, face painting, and a photo booth. Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. The Walkathon will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. with prizes to follow. There is no fee to participate. We ask that participants bring non perishable food items for a donation to the Backpack Program,” said Elise Driver, Coordinator of the DeKalb County Coordinated School Health Program.

“DeKalb County Schools have approximately 6% of our student population that goes hungry on a regular basis with meals provided at schools being their main source of food. Coordinated School Health began sending bags of food home to children over nine years ago. We began with long weekends and holidays and now we feed them every week during the school year. Funding is not always consistent and we are continuously seeking donations of food and or money to maintain our program, to improve the nutritional value of the food products given to students, and to promote healthy eating habits,” said Driver.

Your support will help feed these students.

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