Local families can spend time together in fun activities while helping to eliminate childhood illiteracy within the community during the Baldwin County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy’s first inaugural “Book it to the Finish 5K and Tiny Trot” fundraiser. Funds will be used to provide children from birth to age 5 with an age-appropriate book every month until their fifth birthday.
The event is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 29 at the North Baldwin County Fire Station located at 105 Airport Rd.
The 5K is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Cash awards will be given to the Overall Male and Female runners. Books will be donated on behalf of the top three male and female finishers in the various age groups.
Children under the age of 6 can participate in a Tiny Trot beginning at 8 a.m. while dressed in their favorite story-book characters for a chance to win prizes during a costume contest. Any child who registers for the Tiny Trot will automatically be signed-up to receive books each month if under the age of 4.
Mary Vinson Memorial Library will hold story-time for youth while adults participate in the 5K and enjoy live sounds from Z97.7 FM. Health organizations will also be on site to provide resources and services.
A registration fee of $25 will be accepted now until race day at which registration kicks off at 7 a.m. Though the preregistration deadline has passed, runners who signed up in advance are guaranteed a T-shirt and shirts will be available for race day participants as supplies last. A family of four can register for the event for $60.
For $36, 12 free, age-appropriate Imagination Library books are sent to registered children from birth to age 5 each month along with literacy information for parents. If a child is registered at birth, they may receive up to 60 free books for their own personal library. The children’s classic, “The Little Engine That Could,” is the first book each child receives and “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come” is the final book that is provided when the child turns five.
The foundation currently operates in 82 counties throughout Georgia, including Baldwin, Washington, Hancock, Putnam, Jasper, Jones, Bibb and Wilkinson Counties.
To register for the 5K or Tiny Trot, or to become a sponsor, contact Laura Thompson at (478) 457-5608, or Dawn Williams at (478) 456-1946. To complete a registration form in advance, visit www.active.com.
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