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The largest virtual event Fairfield County has ever seen

St. Luke’s + Filling in the Blanks Virtual 5K

There are times when you have to DO something. When students were sent home to complete the rest of their school year from home, Filling in the Blanks (FITB) took immediate action. This community organization is built on filling in the blanks caused by weekends without school-provided nutrition. Now without the daily meals provided at school the need is even greater (while school districts continue to make food available, reports are that its a bit lighter than what they would normally get, and for some students the challenge of getting to school to pick it up is insurmountable). So Filling in the Blanks has been doubling down on their efforts to make sure that students in our community aren’t going hungry.

St. Luke’s School has had a long-standing relationship with Filling in the Blanks so it was only natural that the St. Luke’s community would want to be a part of FITB’s extra efforts during this time. The St. Luke’s Service Board and Athletic Department joined forces to host a Virtual 5K on Tuesday, May 5 (Giving Tuesday) to raise money for FITB. People sign up to participate and are welcome to run or walk their 5K anytime during the day. “In addition to registering for the walk/run, we’d love for people to also get sponsors for their participation,” St. Luke’s Director of the Center for Leadership Kate Parker-Burgard commented, “to deepen the impact of the event.” When the idea first came up, the school sports teams were especially enthusiastic about it. Varsity Girls Lacrosse co-captain Phoebe Kurth ‘20 said, “I'm excited for all the SLS spring sports teams to be gathering virtually for this event. Although we didn't get to have the seasons we wanted, it will be nice to come together as a community and also support FITB. “ Junior Hayden Critchel, Varsity Boys Lacrosse co-captain added, “the virtual 5k will be an amazing experience that helps support our local families!” We hope that everyone will join us for it. 

Tina Kramer of Filling in the Blanks says “Working with St. Luke's on the Virtual 5K was a natural fit as all three of my children have either attended or are currently attending the school. It is a wonderful way for the students to embody the school's mission ‘Enter to learn go forth to serve’.  We are grateful for our continued partnership”.

Shawnee Knight Co-Founder said that “We’ve been working with St Luke’s side by side for years now and this 5K is a great way to keep all of us connected while we are social distancing.”

Here's how you can support this effort

  • Join us on May 5 at 4 pm for the Virtual 5K to Outrun Hunger (you can actually do the run anytime you want, but the SLS community will have a Zoom kick off at 4). You will do the run/walk through your neighborhood. If your neighborhood isn't conducive to this, then do 30-40 minutes of exercise at your home. Register for the run here.

  • Once you sign up, please post this web link on your social media and ask people to sponsor you by writing your name in the section that says, "On behalf of..." (sponsors should choose "other" and write in your name or team)

If you're unable to participate in the event, please sponsor someone (or a team, or the SLS community) by donating here.


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