MAHWAH, N.J. – Those involved with the Mahwah Schools Foundation will witness their fundraising efforts come full circle Sunday during the awards ceremony for the 18th Annual Thunderbird Run.
The foundation – which gives grants to Mahwah schools for programs and items that may not otherwise be included in the budget – awarded a grant to Mahwah High School for drones.
Students are trained to fly the drones, use them to take aerial footage, and process the footage afterwards, said Jamie Brisby, chair of the Thunderbird Run.
Sunday, the drones will be used to take photographs of the race being held to raise money for the foundation, then to fly down medals during the awards ceremony, she said.
“From raising money, to a teacher putting in a grant for drones, to now the drowns helping us on our event to raise money again, it is kind of nice to see it all come together,” Brisby said.
Brisby expects hundreds of people to participate in Sunday’s activities, which include a 5K run, 10K run and kid run.
The event was last held in 2014 in Darlington County Park, she said. This year, it will start and end at the high school.
Brisby said the run is bringing the community together.
“It is really pulling a lot of people together in our community because they know how important this is for the schools,” she said. “They have seen the programs in action from grants that have been received, so they know how important it is to be able to raise money for them.”
Besides the drones, the Mahwah Schools Foundation has awarded grants for things like author visits, whiteboards, a biosphere outdoor greenhouse at the high school, and funding for a robotics club, Brisby said.
And through a recently approved grant, the foundation will soon be bringing mindful practices to all grade levels – to help students with things like self-awareness, social awareness and self-regulation, she said.
The Thunderbird Run will take place Sunday, April 23, at Mahwah High School, 50 Ridge Road in Mahwah. The 10K run starts at 8:30 a.m., the 5K run starts at 10:30 a.m. and the kid run starts at 12 p.m.
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