By Nicole Jones
The Alvin ISD Education Foundation’s Turtle Race fundraiser will be held Feb. 8 at Alvin’s National Oak Park.
The dual event includes a chip-timed run for all ages as well as nearly 9,000 “turtles” that make their way down Mustang Bayou to the finish line near the Adoue Bridge. The adopter of the first turtle to cross the finish line lands the first place prize.
“This is one of the largest events during the year for our Alvin Education Foundation,” Superintendent Carol Nelson said. “And this helps to fund many, many grants for our students and staff.”
The event includes a Kids K for up to 11 years old, fun run and walk and a timed 5K. Entry fees are $15 for the Kids K, $20 for students in the timed 5K and $25 for adults.
Check in is 7:45 a.m. with the Kids K at 8:30 a.m. and 5K starting at 9 a.m. Booths open at 10 a.m. and the “turtle” race begins at noon. To adopt a turtle or be a sponsor, contact the foundation at 281-331-2586 or email [email protected].
“Inflation hasn’t hit,” Nelson said. “(Turtles) are only $5 apiece. The sales for the turtles will begin in January.”
Prizes for turtle race winners include a $1,500 travel voucher sponsored by Stantec, $1,000 shopping spree sponsored by Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union and a $500 Visa gift card.
The Alvin ISD Education Foundation provides funding for things that are outside the school district’s budget, such as innovative teaching grants, campus grants, scholarships for students, Red Ribbon Week and the Alvin ISD Book Bus.
Aside from the Turtle Race, major events for the foundation include an annual Fall Gala and Capital Campaign and the Celebration of Academic Excellence.