What do you get when you ask a group of kids at Charlotte Country Day how to raise money for a scholarship and to raise awareness for child abuse? The Twirl N’ Swirl 5k. Several years ago, during a Youth Advisory Council meeting, a group of students were brainstorming fundraising opportunities that would go specifically for art activities, field trips, supplies, and other art related experiences. While the students came up with some wonderful and thought out ideas, most would require multiple days and hundred of man-hours to complete. With a bit more research they discovered they could raise money easily and with fewer hours by doing a 5K.
This 5K is very student driven, they are directly involved and hold multiple roles. The students can choose to run/walk in the race or be a volunteer with an adult. The theme of the race, Twirl N’ Swirl, was student created, it is symbolic of “turning one’s life around, and seeing positive within any negative situation.” Even the logo of the race was created by molding five different student artworks into one. You will see the logo on the shirts, website, flyers, sponsorship letters and social media.
The goal of this race is tri-fold, to promote The Arts Empowerment Project (TAEP), raise $20,000 for The Judge Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship, to support Child Abuse Prevention Month, in April, and to raise awareness about The Arts Empowerment’s Project’s work in the fight to empower children impacted by violence and abuse in Charlotte.
The run/walk takes place on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 8:30 am with a Kids Fun Run at 9:30 am. To register for the race and to find out more about The Judge Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship visit The Arts Empowerment Project website.