GREENSBURG – Approximately 140 runners and walkers endured a chilly, damp morning to “Walk the Plank” Saturday.
The event, coordinated by the Greensburg Community Schools Education Foundation, is a combination run/walk and one mile kiddie fun run.
Families, friends and serious athletes began the course behind the “pace bicycle” ridden by Steve Woodruff and crossed the finish line on the track around Shriver Field.
Gift cards were awarded to the first three adult males and the first three adult females to complete the course. They were: Troy Davis, first; David Gill, second; and Matthew Gadberry, third; Sara Kelso, first; Erin Buening, second; and Cindy McCamment, third.
In the student class, one student per school was awarded a gift card. The were: Lucas Gadberry, Greensburg Elementary; Miriam Boersma, Greensburg Junior High; and Jenna Nobbe, Greensburg Community High School.
For the second year, Decatur County Memorial Hospital was the primary sponsor for Walk the Plank, and hospital staff members were present in the event an emergency situation developed.
Again, Community Church of Greensburg provided a well-stocked refreshment table for participants when they finished the race.
Supporting the Foundation for the first time and helping organizers achieve their goals were Bruns & Gutzwiller, Dunn & Associates, Game Plan, Greensburg Optimists, Napoleon State Bank, and Weigel, Lohmueller & Weigel Optometrists.
GCSEF board member Matt Weber was chairperson for this year’s Walk the Plank effort. His committee consisted of other members of the board of directors, Greensburg Community Schools representatives, and volunteers from throughout the community.
Proceeds from the event were used to help fund the $500 Founders Scholarship awarded on Honor Day and three small grants awarded to teachers on their last day of school.
Cory Cuskaden was the recipient of the scholarship which recognized the late Ed Daihl, former Greensburg teacher and administrator.
Grants in the amount of $250 each were presented to the following teachers: Karen Matthews for a third grade keyboard project, Kelly Sparks for optional classroom seating in junior high language arts classes, and Lisa Swank for a high school reading program.
GCSEF is a not-for-profit foundation that is tax free as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Members of the board of directors are Rodney King, president; John Sellers, vice president; Janice Mangels, secretary; Tony Owens, treasurer; and members Carol Boing, Valorie Moorman and Matt Weber.