PROCLAMATION from Fred Camillo, First Selectman
WHEREAS, Since 2006, the Greenwich Alliance for Education’s has served Greenwich Public Schools by funding innovation, expanding opportunities and inspiring educators; and
WHEREAS, Its fundraising has supported thousands of Greenwich Public School students through its “Reaching Out Grants” awarded to pilot innovative programs in our schools; “Tuning In To Music,” free instrumental music lessons for students unable to afford this opportunity; “AVID SUCCESS,” extensions to help AVID students and Alumni achieve college and career success, “Greenwich Alliance Scholarship Fund” for AVID students in college; and Early Childhood Education through the “Greenwich United Way’s Direct Impact program – Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions”; and
WHEREAS, COVID-related concerns have caused the Alliance to reimagine its annual Turkey Trot 5K Run, the organization’s largest annual fundraiser and the largest community event of the Thanksgiving weekend, as a month-long Fitness Challenge for its 10th anniversary in 2020; and
WHEREAS, As in past, the Turkey Trot will engage the entire Greenwich community – residents, schools and businesses – with myriad local businesses as sponsors, GPS elementary school physical fitness programs as participants and the Developing Artist grant champions as creators of “Funky Turkey” sculptures; and
WHEREAS, The month-long Fitness Challenge will continue to promote fitness, exercise and wellness by encouraging participants to log miles by running, walking or biking wearing the Turkey Trot t-shirt and posting photos to win prizes; and with a $500 gift certificate for physical education equipment to the Greenwich school with the highest number of participants; and
WHEREAS, Local commerce also will be encouraged and promoted through fun appearances by its “Tom the Turkey” mascot at sponsors’ business locations and select local restaurants donating a percentage of sale to support the Turkey Trot.