Thousands of Dollars Raised for Schools at Cooley 5K Race for Education
September 19, 2012 – On Sunday, Sept. 16, about 2,500 runners and walkers hit the streets of downtown Lansing to participate in Cooley Law School's 5K Race for Education and Impression 5's Capital City River Run Half Marathon – all part of the Capital City River Run Weekend of Races. The 5K Race for Education gives runners the chance to win money for his/her school of choice.
Cooley's 5K Race for Education donates race proceeds to schools that are selected at random from nominations made by race participants. In addition, the School Competition Award honors the three schools with the most nominations with cash prizes from Cooley.
The winning schools were chosen by random drawings and each receives a percentage of the race proceeds. This year’s recipients include:
- Lyons Elementary School, Lansing, 50 percent winner, nominated by Libby Yoder
- Glenwood Elementary, Kentwood, Mich., 25 percent winner, nominated by Jennifer Rottier
- Michigan History Foundation, Educational Programming, 10 percent winner, nominated by Christiane Evaskis
- Hastings High School, 10 percent winner, nominated by Eric Byington
- Holt Horizon Elementary, 5 percent winner, nominated by Grace Sampson
"For the past 13 years since we started Cooley Law School's 5K Race for Education, I have been amazed by the community support for this race," said Terry Carella, Cooley's communications director and race director. "Cooley Law School is proud to help raise funds for our schools, especially when many schools are looking at budget cuts. It's always a joy to contact winning schools to let them know that they have some unexpected money coming to them. And we
are thrilled to be part of the Capital City River Run Weekend of Races and the enthusiasm that Cooley's 5K Race for Education and Impression 5's Half Marathon bring to downtown Lansing."
Carella added that the final dollar amount for this year's proceeds is still being counted, but she does expect that, thanks to participants, thousands of dollars have been raised.
For the second year in a row, Horizon Elementary in Holt is both a recipient of the random drawing for the proceeds and the school competition award. "I applaud Cooley's 5K Race for Education and the ongoing support the race offers local schools," said Horizon Elementary Principal David Hornak. "The Horizon school community knows firsthand the connections between exercise and academic performance. Cooley's 5K Race for Education is a perfect match for our current wellness initiatives at Horizon Elementary in Holt."
Winners of the School Competition Award are determined by the number of nominations by the runners. This year's winners are:
• First place: $1,000; Holt Horizon Elementary, 53 nominations
• Second place: $750; Sexton High School, Lansing, 40 nominations
• Third place; $500; Pinecrest Elementary, East Lansing, 35 nominations
Cooley Law School's 5K Race for Education has raised well over $100,000 for educational institutions across the state since the inaugural event in 2000.
About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 16,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.