By Kathy Dotson
Bloomingdale Senior High School Parent Teacher Student Association is hosting its Second Annual Get Up And Go! Make A Difference! 5K Family Run/Walk on Saturday, November 7. Last year’s event attracted more than a hundred runners and walkers of all ages to participate in the race. The fundraiser’s success enabled the PTSA to donate part of its proceeds to the Bloomingdale Library attack victim. “We just wanted the school to do something to help the girl in any way we could,” says Catrina Miller, PTSA president, whose committee makes an effort to stay on top of the many issues impacting the community.Miller added that this year’s goal is to raise $3,000 to be used to support and bring projects to the school as well as assist the Portamento of Hope Café. “Our main focus will be to support our students in the best way we can,” says Miller. “We will do this through the Avid and Reflections programs, Scholarships for Students and also with events as Student of the Month and Teacher Appreciation Week.”Registration for the 5K Family Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. with an entry fee of $10 per person. The race course will be held on the high school grounds, located at 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. E. Runners start inside the football stadium and continue around the perimeter of the school. Runners and walkers will complete two circuits of the course to complete the distance of the event. Awards and prizes will be presented to the first three finishers and refreshments will be available for all participants.Miller feels more people will want to get involved this year with the budget cuts affecting the school. “This fundraiser is one way that anyone can help,” says Miller. “People can participate in the run or walk or they can donate, be a sponsor or help by volunteering on the day of the run.” For more information on race registration, donations or sponsorship opportunities, e-mail Miller directly at presidentofbloomingdale firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the school office to pick up a registration form, located at 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. E. or call 744-8018.