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TCHS Community Day and 5K Tech Run raises almost 13,000 dollars for student scholarship fund

By Erin King

West Grove, PA—Technical College High School (TCHS) Pennock’s Bridge Campus raised close to 13,000 dollars at their annual Community Day and 5K Tech Run benefitting the student scholarship fund on Saturday, April 30.

The Community Day portion of the event was free of charge and open to all ages. If community members wished to participate they were given a half sheet of paper, which listed various technical programs that had activities to complete. Once an activity was completed, the participant’s sheet was marked with a stamp. If the sheet was stamped five separate times, the participants name was entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $150 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card. Some of the program activities included face painting, haircuts for Locks of Love, nail art, pet microchipping, electrocute a pickle, arts and crafts and video games.

During the event, TCHS Pennock’s Bridge teamed up with local hospitals, healthcare providers and healthy living experts to promote a healthy lifestyle in the community. The services included free health screenings, blood pressure screenings and a look into the CCIU Practical Nursing Program.

Outside near the 5K racetrack, there were inflatable baseball and basketball games, a bouncy castle, a rock wall, a classic car display and a sumo wrestling arena that all visitors could utilize free of charge throughout the day.

The Community Day portion of the event also included 35 raffle baskets including a $100 Victory Brewing Gift Card, a 4 One-Day Park Hopper tickets to a Disney Theme Park, a round of golf at Loch Narin Gof Club, a $25 Cheesecake Factory Gift Card and more.

Along with the Community Day, the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge team of staff rallied together to implement the second Annual 5K Tech Run. Participants ran either a three mile cross-country course or a one mile Fun Run/Walk both on the Pennock’s Bridge campus. All the proceeds benefitted the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge student scholarship fund.

There were first, second and third place medals awarded to the winners of the 5K Tech Run. The first place winner from the women/girl’s division was Leah Sassaman with a time of 19:33:38. The first place winner for the men/boy’s division was Matthew Sumner with a time of 17:28:37.

Ryan Calpin, an active community member and participant in Community Day, enjoyed the event thoroughly. “It was a really fun day that reminded us all what’s really important about being an active part of this community,” he said. “Our TCHS students are the hope for our workforce and supporting them is supporting the future.” 

Rachel Broadway, the head planner and TCHS Pennock’s Bridge receptionist, felt that this year’s Community Day and 5K Tech Run were a success. “We had close to 100 runners and 25 walkers and had hundreds of visitors tour our school, programs and grounds,” she said. “Our guests not only came out for the race but they stayed for the day enjoying all of our fun activities.”

Broadway’s recognizes the event’s impact on the community. “My favorite part is seeing how impressed people are when they tour our school, our programs and meet our teachers and staff,” she said. “I love hearing the positive feedback from families and children as school aged children express how much they are looking forward to attending TCHS one day.”

Angela King, a Guidance Counselor at TCHS Pennock’s Bridge, is moved by the support from the community to further students’ education. “I am always so inspired each year by the support of our TCHS staff, families, friends, community members and businesses that support our Community Day/5K scholarship event,” she said. “It makes me so proud to be a part of the TCHS family.”

Some of the major sponsors of the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Community Day and 5K Tech Run included: Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Delaware Community College, McCormick Orthodontics, Acme, Rita’s Water Ice, Wawa, Penn Medicine, CCRES, CCIU Practical Nursing Program, Herr’s, Walt Disney World, the YMCA and many more.