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Trick or Trot a $5,000 Treat for Winton Hills Students

November 2013

On October 27, students, professors and community members gathered together to raise money for children in need in the Winton Hills area.

The members of Alpha Kappa Psi, business fraternity organized the event and asked for donations of $20 to participate in the 5k run/walk. The goal was to raise money to buy books for the children of the Winton Hills Academy, and they met with resounding success: the group was able to raise $5,000, which translates into approximately 2,500 books for these children.

The Winton Hills Academy is excited about funds being given to the school and the positive impact increased access to books will have on children in the area.

The participants of the race were awed and thrilled by the prospect of benefiting this important cause. "I could tell that Alpha Kappa Psi worked really hard to put this race together," said participant Amy Shomo. "This fundraiser was a great way to help those in our local community in a fun, engaging, and beneficial way. I had a lot of fun, I know my friends did too, and the 5K Trick or Trot race was a great way to get the Miami community of students involved while making a difference in the lives of others."

"Supporting childhood literacy in impoverished communities is an incredibly important cause," said participant Kathleen Queenan. "I was shocked to read on the Trick- or -Trot event page that in some of our country's lowest income neighborhoods, there is only one book for every 300 children. Supplying books to children in these areas is a crucial step in combating the issue of illiteracy in our nation. What a great opportunity this was to make a difference, spend time with friends, and get my daily exercise in all at once. What more could you ask for on a Sunday afternoon?"