Monumental support for IPS students

IMG_9831The IPS Education Foundation received a big check during the big game when the Indiana Pacers hosted their NBA home opener at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse against the Orlando Magic on October 29.

The $87,750 check for the Foundation was presented by the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon at halftime of game.

The Monumental is the Foundation’s largest annual donor, and this latest gift was generated through registrations for the 2012 marathon.

The 2013 installment of the race was run in downtown Indianapolis just days after the check presentation. Having sold out, that event is expected to generate an even bigger gift for IPS next year.

“We are proud that every penny of the proceeds of the Monumental Marathon goes directly to IPS students,” says Blake Boldon, Executive Director of the Monumental Marathon.

Boldon and IPS Education Foundation Executive Director Linda Broadfoot work together closely throughout the year to find ways the money raised through the marathon will best benefit IPS students, including special programs like those at IPS Frederick Douglas School 19.

270991_10151899304374535_1535594129_nSchool 19 has a special focus on kinesthetic learning, and it used a $10,000 gift from the Monumental to purchase and install exercise equipment in some classrooms. At each 6-person learning station, elliptical and stair climber fitness machines have replaced chairs to keep students active while around the reading table.

“It’s the perfect marriage of technology and cutting-edge equipment for classrooms and educating children about healthy living,” Boldon says.

The Monumental Marathon also educates students on healthy living through the Monumental Kids Movement, a nine-week running program at select IPS schools that helps Indianapolis students understand the benefits of developing a healthy lifestyle.

Under the program, IPS students work closely with students at IUPUI to start developing habits of eating healthy and exercising regularly. They are also provided transportation to remove any burden on parents and any extra expense on the school district. IPS kids who have completed 75% of the program get a free entrance to the kids’ 5K competition on Monumental Marathon race day. For more information on the Monumental Kids program, take a look at this video.