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FFC8 brings back Foster the Future 5K to benefit student programs in the district

 

Last updated 8/30/2022 at 2:25pm | View PDF

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Scenes from last year's Foster the Future 5K.

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 (FFC8) is hosting the Second Annual Foster the Future Fountain Community 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. on the Fountain-Fort Carson High School (FFCHS) cross country course. FFCHS is located at 900 Jimmy Camp Road in Fountain. Parking will be in the main lot and participants should plan to walk toward the stadium to get to the check-in tables. Check-in will run from 7:30–8:30 a.m.

This event is a fundraiser to support three key efforts FFC8 has invested in to support student and family well-being: the FFC8 Food Pantry, the Community Clothing Closet, and suicide prevention efforts (more information about the programs below).

Community members are encouraged and welcome to participate in this annual event. All registrations made on or before Sept. 14 will receive a free T-shirt (for participants age 5 and over). Register and get more information at http://www.ffc8.org/fosterfuture5k. Race timing for the Foster the Future 5K will be conducted by Timing Consortium.

There is also an opportunity to donate to the programs directly. Instructions for that are on the link above.

Foster the Future 5K Supported Programs:

The Fountain Food Pantry provides both perishable and non-perishable food items to FFC8 families in need. The program is currently being expanded to a few food pick-up sites where, as refrigerators are being installed, families can request food that is delivered by the Food Pantry to the pick-up site for easier access.

The Community Clothing Closet is a store that contains brand new clothing items of all styles and sizes. Families in need of clothing receive vouchers to shop at the Clothing Closet, and all items are free to FFC8 students and families. The Community Clothing Closet is organized and maintained by a team of school social workers and the 18-21 Launch Program students.

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Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention Program is an evidence-based, suicide prevention program designed to foster positive and healthy youth living. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent youth suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. FFC8 has youth-led teams at both middle schools and both high schools who create campaigns to engage other students to enhance student and school connectedness, belonging and well-being.

The Food Pantry and Clothing Closet are housed at the A.I.M. Education Center. Families who need support from these two resources should reach out to the front office or counseling staff at any FFC8 school.

In 2021, the district hosted over 300 runners and walkers and raised over $3,500 in ticket sales and donations. They are hoping to surpass those numbers in their second year. Visit http://www.ffc8.org/fosterfuture5k to register, donate or learn more.

 

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