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TCC’s Take Stock in Children program to host 5k fundraiser for tri-county area students

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 30, 2014) – Tallahassee Community College will serve as the starting point for a 5k walk/run on Saturday, June 7, to raise funds for low-income students in Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties.

Strides for Education is a statewide event developed by the Take Stock in Children program. Registration begins locally at the TCC Workforce Development building at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, and the race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

“This is our first local TSIC 5k event, but we do have a lot of people on board who are trying to help,” said Wanda Lewis, TSIC mentor coordinator. “Anything we can do to ensure these students can not only attend college, but also be college-ready and become successful adults is our ultimate goal.”

The first three winners of each age group and the top team will receive Take Stock in Children medallions. Additionally, gift certificates in the amount of $20 will be distributed from Sonny’s BBQ, Academy Sports, Wal-Mart and other local sponsors. Moreover, a representative from Comcast Cable will be present to discuss cable packages and distribute care bags from the company.

The TSIC program raises scholarship monies and provides weekly mentorships for students in middle and high school who would otherwise not be able to attend college due to low family income. The group targets primarily first-generation college students.

Individuals who wish to support the TSIC Strides for Education event, but are unable to attend, may contribute by visiting and choosing “Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla” for the location of the event.

WCTV and Comcast Cable are assisting with the event. Wendell Johnson, TSIC program administrator, will appear Sunday, June 1, on the In the Spotlight segment of “WCTV Eyewitness News.”

For information, contact Wanda Lewis at (850) 201-8312.

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