The shared work of educating the next generation

by Blake Boldon

In a recent speech, President Barack Obama acknowledged community’s collective role in educating our youth.

“It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize no matter how much you love these kids, you can’t do it by yourself, that this job of keeping our children safe and teaching them well is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community and the help of a nation.

And in that way we come to realize that we bear responsibility for every child, because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours, that we’re all parents, that they are all our children.”

IMM_CLD_7542BluelogoIn these remarks, President Obama articulated everything I feel about the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon’s commitment to the IPS Education Foundation and the great relationship our organizations have shared since 2008.

The partnership allows our organization and its thousands of annual participants to directly support programming in our city’s schools, as evidenced by the tremendous success of Donors Choose projects to improve classrooms, the Center for Leadership Development and dozens of other efforts.

Our work with the Foundation also has allowed IMM to earnestly pursue our fundamental goal of educating Indianapolis youth about the benefits of exercise, proper diet and healthy living.

In 2012, IMM established a pilot running program at IPS Elementary School 19 with the instrumental support and leadership of IPS Education Foundation Executive Director Linda Broadfoot.

This year, IMM will grow that pilot initiative to serve all of IPS.  We’re calling it the Monumental Kids Movement. Through running, we’ll teach kids personal responsibility and wellness. The goal is to build the program to include up to 1,000 elementary school students from throughout the city, culminating with their participation in our IMM 5K run through Downtown Indianapolis in November.

In 2013, with the knowledge that “teaching kids well is something that we can only do together,” I can personally say there isn’t a better partner for IMM than the IPS Education Foundation.

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[column col=”2/2″]Guest blogger Blake Boldon is the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, a not-for-profit marathon, half marathon and 5k run through the heart of the city each November that supports local education efforts with over $400,000 in gifts in its first five years.[/column]