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Ossining MATTERS 5K Raises $12,000 For Schools

OSSINING, N.Y. – Students in the Ossining School District are getting a $12,000 boost from the Ossining MATTERS Education Foundation.

The foundation raised the money, which will later go toward a variety of projects for school children, during its 10th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 8 . Foundation officials said they raised the funds through donations from more than 500 who participated in the event.

“This year’s event went really well and really helped toward community building,” said Ossining MATTERS Director Amy Seiden, adding that the $12,000 was comparable to money raised in years past. “It’s interesting because over the years it’s become a bigger and bigger event where we’ve been able to raise money. Our gala in the spring is always bigger as a fundraiser but the run is much more of a community building event.”

Ossining MATTERS provided funding and grant assistance for the Ossining Summer Environmental Academy earlier this year and has previously helped fund the Summer Science Program, the Wigwam and Robotics/Engineering Club and dozens of other projects at the school district through more than 140 grants. In total the group has helped raise more than $550,000 to support the Ossining School District, including roughly $100,000 this year, Seiden said.

“We are really pleased with the start of the 2012-13 academic year and this was a great way to start it,” Seiden said. “We have a variety of programs we’ve been able to fund and being able to do all of that is really only possible because of events like the run.”

More than 50 volunteers with the Ossining Teachers Association, the Ossining Police Department, school district staff and community members helped organize the event. In addition, the education foundation was able to partner with dozens of local sponsors.

“We’re really appreciative of all of the help we’ve gotten from the community this year,” Seiden said. “Everybody played a really big role in what we’re going to be able to do for the district.”

Ossining MATTERS President Elisabeth Gilbert agreed.

“We are so very lucky to live in such a generous community, where so many people are eager to make better educational opportunities for our students a top priority,” said Gilbert in a press release.

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