It was fitting if not by chance for Jason King, VP of the Carmel Education Foundation Board to address the audience at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce luncheon waiting to hear the Mayor’s State of the City Address. Jason and his fellow Board of Directors and volunteers are a perfect example of why Carmel is such a great place to work and live. Carmel schools, heavily backed by the Carmel Education Foundation, are a key advantage to Carmel’s success, a point not missed by Mayor Brainard during his speech.
The Carmel Education Foundation is one of the oldest foundations of its kind and has awarded over $1,600,000 in college scholarships to CHS Seniors and $500,000 in education grants to local school teachers. In order to hand out this kind of support, Jason was prepping the largest audience of the year at the Chamber, to consider running or walking with him in the 4th Annual Ghost & Goblins 5K/2K and Wellness Fair. He even teased the Mayor that a complimentary application had his name already filled in.
Witches, scarecrows, Batman and Snow White dressed as runners and walkers will cover either the 2K or 5K route which starts and ends at Carmel High Schoolon Oct. 27, 2012 at 8:30am with on-site registration starting at 7:00am. Depending on when you register and how much activity you are up for, the fees range from $20 – $35. And, any CHS Senior signed up to run or volunteer at the event will be automatically eligible to apply for the Lisa Evans Scholarship.
There also is a grant incentive program to help students of Carmel Clay Schools and CCS staff to raise money for their specific schools. For each paid student or staff registration, CEF will set aside $2 for his/her school and available through the grant process. The elementary school with the most student participants per capita will also win the Top Participating School trophy.
The CEF has an excellent track record serving Carmel students. That track record has been carefully shaped over the years by caring, dedicated volunteers. Led by Stephanie McDonald and Barbara Danquist, the Board is served by Keitha Libman, Jason King, Kyle Harlemert, Janet Corbin, Dan Mader, Cindy Ensign Baney, Michael Dalman, Steve Dillon, Laura Donahue, Dana Green, Jim Mahoney, Paul McCarthy, Greg Osborne, Jill Plicher Reese, Jennifer Robbins, Philip Schallwig and Dave Schnase.