Wednesday, October 22, 2014

16th Annual Monster Dash - this Sunday!

The following item was sent in by MFE Monster Dash Co-Chairs Nora Vernazza, Beth Plunkett and Greg Gordon:
Please note the 16th Annual Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 26th at Cunningham Park. This is a 5K Run/Walk and a Kids Fun Run in loving memory of Sam Cichello.

5K RUN/WALK
  • Prizes for best costumes
  • T-shirts to first 300 runners
  • Recognition of top finishers
  • $25 ($75 family maximum)

KIDS FUN TICKET
  • Ages 10 and under
  • Costume Fun Run with Super Mario
  • All new kids’ crafts & activities!
  • Rocket Balloons and much more
  • $7 per child ($15 family maximum)

9:00 — REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 — KIDS ACTIVITIES & COSTUME FUN RUN
11:00 — 5K STARTS
12:00 — AWARDS
The Monster Dash is organized by the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE), a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, all proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in the Milton public schools. Some examples of past initiatives made possible through grants from Sam’s Fund include:
  • Kindergarten Discovery Ramps
  • First Grade Wind Tunnels
  • Second Grade Weather Books
  • Site License for WeatherBug Achieve
  • Third Grade visits from a Trailside Naturalist
  • Third Grade Owl Talks
  • Fourth Grade STEM Learning Kits
  • Fifth Grade Einstein’s Workshop Experience
  • Supplies for all of the classroom science activities
  • Students in grades 3 and 5 participate in the Junior Naturalist Program at the Trailside Museum
  • Partial funding of the initial implementation of Science for Scientists program in all Fifth Grade classrooms
Twice during the school year, the MFE awards grants to teachers or staff in each of Milton’s public schools. These grants fund such things as percussion instruments at Pierce Middle School, science non-fiction books to enhance curriculum and aid research projects at the elementary schools, and math software for smartboards. Once a year, the Milton Foundation for Education presents Outstanding Teaching Awards to seven teachers or staff members in the Milton Public Schools. The award recipients are surprised in their classrooms, and then honored at a public reception at Milton High School. Every year, the MFE sponsors Celebration for Education, a gala event that raises money for various initiatives in the public schools. Over the past several years, proceeds of Celebration for Education have funded Language Arts, Physical Education, Libraries, Music, and Science and Technology. This school year’s Celebration for Education is on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The MFE is currently working closely with the administration to continue to ensure proceeds from this year’s Celebration will fund enrichment activities and initiatives at all the schools and the ongoing work of the MFE.