Palm Desert Charter Middle School is bringing the community a 5K run/walk fundraiser and fun to benefit students. The event will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23.
The 5K run is a race, but those who would rather walk or just enjoy a 5K workout are more than welcome to. The Palm Desert Panthers welcome everyone to take part and invite family and friends for a beautiful run/walk.
The event will begin on El Paseo and San Pablo Avenue, with entrance fees ranging from $20 to $95. The $95 will cover a group of four, while $20 is for anyone under 17 years old and $35 is for anyone 18 and older.
The event is made possible by the parent teaching organization (PTO), and 100% of the proceeds will go towards the students.
“It’s important to support the schools and provide the children with a clean environment and new technology,” said Jennifer Zuckerman, a member of the Panther PTO.
With the ever-changing environment kids have endured during the pandemic, Palm Desert Charter Middle School and its PTO have worked to provide children with a safe classroom and new supplies.
“What’s really important is this fundraiser will help pay for Chromebooks for the children,” Zuckerman said.
“Chromebooks are where the kids do a majority of their assignments, and some break or stop working, so we definitely have a need,” she said.
Some of the funds raised will help purchase these much needed devices, among other things. Zuckerman was adamant about the need for the community’s support to help make this event possible.
Along with the ability to donate by signing up for the 5K run/walk, Palm Desert Charter Middle School will also be selling T-shirts and other souvenirs on the day of the event. To make sign up easier and cutdown on human contact, the PTO and middle school recommend signing up online at panther5krun.com.
In addition to allowing donors to sign-up online to negate any risk, the Panther 5K run is also a safe space where any guest can safely walk or run and stay distanced, if they please.
This fundraiser is one of the many that the Palm Desert panthers and PTO host throughout the year. Together they help strive to reach their mission statement of collaborating to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which students pursue academic excellence, environmental stewardship and social accountability as global citizens.
Eric Sandoval is a freelance writer who writes for the Inland Empire Community Newspaper. He is currently a student of Cal State, San Bernardino.
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Palm Desert Charter Middle School to host 5K runwalk fundraiser