GWMS plans 5k to benefit Semper Fi Fund

 NorthJersey.com | By Debra Winters, Staff Writer, Wayne Today| Thursday, October 20, 2016 | Link to Article

WAYNE – George Washington Middle School, as part of its 2016-2017 goals, set up a program called Operation Giveback, which is part of its Character Education Program.

This year long effort is designed to celebrate and support the members of our armed forces. Some upcoming activities that are taking place include collecting Halloween candy to send to the troops, holding a “Stars and Stripes 5k” in November with profits being donated to the Semper Fi Fund and the annual Veteran’s Day assembly.

The Stars and Stripes 5k will take place on Nov. 5.

Semper Fi provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities, explained Jack Leonard, principal of GWMS.

“They work to ensure that no one is left behind,” he said.

This event will begin at GWMS and take participants through the Packanack Lake community and return to the school. Plus in addition to acknowledging the importance of an event such as this there will also be the healthy competition that comes with a community coming together for a great cause, said Leonard.

The Packanack Grill Club will also be on hand cooking and selling breakfast after the race.

Awards will be given out for the best time for identified age groups, student group competitions, and one for the grade level with the most students attending.

Anyone interested in par-ticipating or making a dona-tion can log onto runsignup.com/ Race/NJ/ Wayne/GWSTARS- Stripes5K. Once registered, participants can pick up their race packets at GWMS on Nov. 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. and on the day of the race from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Other future events for the program include sending holiday care packages for soldiers, Jeans for Troops where donations are given to dress down and sent to the Semper Fi Fund, letters to the troops, service dog awareness, and patriotic garden planting in the school courtyard.