Run Back to School success!

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton with participants at the starting line

MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton with participants at the starting line

More than 1,000 runners and walkers participated in the Milwaukee Public Schools Run Back to School, the annual community event that leads up to the first day of school, this year on September 3.

This year’s School Participation Winner was the Academy of Accelerated Learning with 124 registered participants. The school will receive $1,000 to support youth sports or recreation programming within the school.

Other school communities that had at least 25 registered participants will be eligible to apply for funds (up to $500) for an identified need within their school community.

The 5k fun run and 1.5-mile walk began at 9 a.m. in front of Wick Field near MPS’ central offices and circled through the Washington Heights neighborhood and Washington Park. Activities included a school mascot race, exhibit booths, activities for kids and a DJ.

Run Back to School promotes and funds MPS’ youth recreation programs. Proceeds from the past five years have been used to purchase youth sports equipment and offset team entry fees so schools could expand youth recreation programs.

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