Relaying the message it is 100% For Kids
For the Incredibles team at the Wasatch Back Relay some of the schools they ran past were more than scenery, they were the cause.
Teammates ran the 175 mile course helping to raise money and awareness for 100% For Kids – Utah Credit Union Education Foundation which distributes money to schools throughout Utah with the mission of improving education and resources.
"This is all our first time (running for charity), I think it’s absolutely wonderful," 100% For Kids team member Paige Eyring said.
Many teams there ran for specific charities and supported the seven Operation Kids or OK Charities at the event. The OK Charity supports a community of other charities that share their vision of a healthy, safe and positive environment for children. The funds raised by OK Charities during the relay were matched by sponsor Xango.
The OK Charities represented at the Wasatch Back Relay were: the Forever Young Foundation, the McGruff House, The Christmas Box International, Best Buddies Utah, Operation Smile, Children’s Organ Transplant Association and 100% For Kids.
Director of 100% For Kids, Paula F. Julander, was there supporting the Incredibles.
"I am just pleased to be a part of this. I saw my team off at the start line yesterday and I’ll be there at the finish," Julander said.
The team began running at 4 p.m. on June 23 and ran through the night to complete the relay the next day with a time of 23:01:01.
Eyring said running the relay was exhausting but very rewarding, and running for charity made it doubly so.
"Teachers pay so much out of pocket," she said.
Julander responded that she is working to change that.
100% For Kids Utah Credit Union Education Foundation was founded in 2002, and is supported by credit unions throughout the state and individual donors.
The money is given to Utah schools including several in Summit County: North Summit High School, North and South Summit Elementary schools as well as Parley’s Park, Jeremy Ranch and McPolin elementary schools in Park City.
Julander explained that money is given to school teachers in grades K-12 to go toward something that can be used by students and supports the core curriculum in Utah. In the past they have supported everything from the purchase of part of an airplane kit to musical instruments for band.
Every penny donated to 100% For Kids goes back into schools.
"We never use any of the funds the credit unions donate for administration," Julander said.
She explained that it is important for each cent earned to go toward education.
"If you really want to develop your state, develop your students educationally," Julander said.
To that end, the organization has contributed between $3.5 and 4 million since it’s inception. During that time Julander has compiled the many thank-you letters she receives from teachers into over half a dozen binders. Many of them she said bring tears to her eyes.
"I am so thrilled to be a part of bringing classroom supplies to teachers. I feel like I’m Santa Claus year round," she said.
Grants provided by 100% For Kids and how to apply
Mini-Grants: $50 to $1,000
The mini-grant is used primarily for items that impact the classroom. These grants cover classroom instruction-related expenses, classroom supplies, and items teachers now cover with their own out-of-pocket funds.
School Grants: $1,000 to $5,000
School grants supplement funding of specific, innovative classroom-level programs carried out primarily in schools with greater funding needs. This includes multi-class projects that impact individual classroom instruction. All projects should enrich standard curriculum and enhance learning opportunities for students.
Major Projects: $5,000 and above
Major project grants provide substantial funding of specific, innovative, classroom-level endeavors based on "credit union principles." This includes multi-class projects that impact individual classroom instruction.
Any teacher in a public school in the state of Utah, grades kindergarten through 12, is eligible and an accountability form must be submitted 60-90 days after the grant is awarded.
Teachers can submit more than one application, but they can only receive one grant per school year.
More information and an application can be found online at: http://www.100percentforkids.com or by calling (801) 972-3400 or (800) 662-8684.
Information provided by 100% For Kids Utah Credit Union Education Foundation
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