Special Edition Teacher Newsletter - Pinellas Education Foundation

Special Edition Teacher Newsletter - Pinellas Education Foundation

Special Edition Teacher Newsletter - Pinellas Education Foundation


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November 19, 2012

Special Edition Teacher Newsletter

Friday Night Fun - Saturday Morning Run

Dear Friend,

The Foundation will be hosting its first Ties and Tennis Shoes

event at Tropicana Field on Friday, December 7th. On Saturday,

December 8th, the Foundation's second annual Strides for

Education 5K race will take place at Tropicana Field. As you'll

notice when reading below, the newsletter is separated by these

two events. The information regarding the Ties and Tennis

Shoes event is on the left and the 5K information is on the right.

We hope you will take the time to learn about these two great

upcoming events.

Please forward this link to anyone you feel would be interested in

learning more about the Pinellas Education Foundation.

Read more here.

Ties and Tennis Shoes

Strides for Education 5K Walk/Run

When: December 7th at 7 p.m.

Where: Tropicana Field

1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

For more information, please click here.

When: December 8th at 8 a.m.

Where: Tropicana Field

1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

For more information, please click here.

Sneaker Decorating Contest

How to help your school:

Principal’s Challenge: Join or create your school team by visiting


If a school Raises at least $1,000 in pledges, the school name goes into a drawing

for $1,000 classroom grant.

If a school Raises at least $2,000 in pledges, a $500 school grant awarded

If a school Raises at least $3,000 in pledges, a $1,000 school grant awarded

In preparation for Ties and Tennis Shoes on December 7th and the Strides

for Education 5k Walk/Run on December 8th, you can decorate your

sneakers and enter our contest to win $250. There are three categories,

youth, adult, and professional artist.

To find all of the links you will need and for more information, click here.

If a school Raises at least $5,000 in pledges, the school will receive a Classroom

Technology Bundle, visit from major professional team mascot/cheerleaders for a

school rally and a $2,000 school grant

For the school who has the most participants (which can include parents, friends and other

community members as long as they are registered under the school team), that school’s

athletic department will receive a $1,000 grant.

Painting with a Twist workshop

Painting with a Twist has graciously offered complementary workshops for

anyone looking for help decorating their sneaker. The next workshop will

be held on November 10th from 2 to 5 p.m. at Painting with a Twist 2527

Central Ave.,

St. Petersburg, FL 33713. Anyone looking to register for this workshop

must do so online. The last workshop available will be held on December

3rd from 6 to 8 p.m.

To sign up for the next workshop, click here.

Why should you race?

5K Training Tips

It is always exciting to see runners achieve a new level of accomplishment

within the sport. One of the best ways of achieving your running goals--

whether it is a longer distance or new personal best--is through training.

When training for a 5K, or 3.1 mile race, it is important to stay safe, be

comfortable, set goals, and have fun.

November is both National Running Safety Month and the end of daylight

savings time. As days become shorter, outdoor safety in late afternoons

becomes a concern. Make sure to have reflective clothing and shoes, or a

flashing light. If running further, take water with you using a handheld bottle

or small waist water bottles.

While training, you may be running more miles per week or at a faster pace

than normal. It is important to have the proper fitting footwear to keep

injuries from you and your 5K. Choose a specialty running store with

extensive products, knowledge and allows you to test it out, like Fit2Run,

with indoor track and treadmills.

Running is a mental sport. That said, Fit2Run advises runners to train with

a group. You must decide whether your support and accountability will

come from a coach and fellow runners, or family and friends, who know

your set goals.

Last but not least, Have FUN! Listen to music if you like. Chat with friends

while you run. Be sure to listen to your body and slow down or take breaks

when necessary. You can't push yourself to a new personal best time or

distance if you're out with an injury on race day.

Our coaches provide individualized instruction through training plans, while

keeping a positive social atmosphere with runners, grouped by ability. We

are excited to get to know you personally, athletically, and bond throughout

your progression as you get fit to run with Fit2Run-The Runner's


-Gary Robinson

Gary is Store Manager at the Downtown St. Petersburg Fit2Run, 2 time All-

American at Walsh University, holds a Master's Degree in Physical

Education & Health, and has trained hundreds of runners from 5Ks to


Register as a walker/runner for only $25 and then collect pledges from friends and family!

Proceeds benefit the Take Stock in Children/Doorways Scholarship Program.

Raise at least:

$100 in pledges: earn 1 ticket for drawing

$250 in pledges: earn 3 tickets for drawing

$500 in pledges: earn 6 tickets for drawing

Prizes for drawing day of the race include:

Kindle Fire, iPods, an iPad, iTunes Gift Cards and much more! Participants eligible to win

only one prize.

You must be present to win!

The deadline to be entered into the drawing is December 7th.

To register for the race as an individual or to start/join a team, click here.

Volunteering for the 5K

Not interested in participating in the race? We've got just the thing for you!

Volunteers are essential to making any event run smoothly and efficiently. They are the

backbone of the team that makes an event great. We value all of our volunteers here and

truly do appreciate all they do.

If you're interested in volunteering for this event or know of anyone who may be

interested, click here.

Pete and Shorty's "Friend Raiser"

Visit our website and follow us on Twitter and on Facebook for more events

and news!

Bring in the flyer above from November 7th – November 25th to either of the two Pete and

Shorty’s listed and 30% of your ticket will go directly to support the Pinellas Education

Foundation’s Take Stock in Children/Doorways program.

Click here to print out your own flyer.

Thank you to all of the 5K and Ties and Tennis Shoes sponsors:

American Momentum Bank

Bobbie Bernstein

Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation

ClearChannel Worldwide

Clearwater Gas System

Crown Automotive Group

Eric and Irene Zimmer


It’s a Design Issue

Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg

Mayors, Mentors & More



Northern Trust Bank



Prestige Portraits


Renaissance Vinoy Hotel

Rotary Club of Belleair

Rotary Club of St. Petersburg

Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs

Stavros Family

Steven Cohen M.D.


Pinellas Education Foundation

12090 Starkey Road

Largo, FL 33773

Tel: (727) 588-4816

Email: info@pinellaseducation.org

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