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O’Neill’s 5K

Sunday September 26, 2021

Start Time: 10:00am

End Time: 12:00pm

Price: $35 Registration:

*Registration ends September 25, 2021 at 11:59pm

**If you registered for race in 2020 your registration is still valid.

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September 26, 2021

O’Neill’s Restaurant and Pub

The Norwalk Education Foundation is extremely grateful to be the beneficiary of the 2021 O’Neill’s Annual 5K Run in Memory of Annie Curtin,

Annie Curtin passed away 11 years ago at the tender age of six and a half.  To celebrate her life, Annie’s parents, Paul and Kat Curtin, along with O’Neill’s Irish Pub, established an annual fundraising event to help children in the community.  The O’Neill’s Annual 5K was created in Annie’s honor.

Since NEF is the beneficiary of this event, we are hoping all schools in Norwalk participate and to help get people pre-registered, NEF is offering the following incentives to schools:

Each school that registers at least 25 parents, students or staff will receive $250

The school that registers the most participants will receive an additional $1000

The school that registers the second most participants will receive an additional $750

The school that registers the third most participants will receive an additional $500

To register for the O’Neill’s 5K Race:

Log on to the NEF website, www.norwalkeducation.org and click on the registration link.  You will be prompted to enter the school you will be supported before paying.  Only one school can be selected for each registrant.

If you have already registered, please email NEF a copy of your registration confirmation, info@norwalkeducation.org.  Be sure to indicate the school you are supporting.  Again, you can only select one school for each registration.


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Norwalk Education Foundation

  • Mission

The mission of the Norwalk Education Foundation is to work closely with Norwalk Public Schools to provide programs and services to children in Norwalk so they can achieve academic success and grow socially and emotionally.

  • Teacher Resources and Innovation

NEF offers teacher mini-grants to develop and implement instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn. Proposals must support unique classroom projects that enliven and enrich the curriculum.

  • Enhance Student Learning

The Shark Tank competition requires students to “sell” a proposal to enhance their school.  In the past, ideas have addressed academics, extra-curricular activities, social-emotional well being, physical health/nutrition and safety.  We awarded several thousand dollars to support 30 student proposals in the past 2 years.

  • Community Collaboration

The College Essay Mentor program began in 2015.   Teachers, administrators and volunteers from the community, were trained by a college essay consultant to coach high school seniors.  After the first year, an admissions officer from UCONN contacted Norwalk High School to say she has never read such great essays from Norwalk.

NEF partners with community organizations to host community outreach workshops.  This fall, we are hosting a College Admission Workshop and a Stress Management panel for teens and parents.

  • Student Social and Emotional Health

NEF’s newest initiative addresses the high levels of stress that research has identified as a major difficulty for adolescents. In 2015, we piloted a program to teach kids stress-reduction techniques like meditation. Based on the positive data collected through this pilot program, NEF plans to offer such workshops to all middle and high school students in the fall.  NEF also partners with Norwalk ACTS working with the Health and Wellness workgroup to bring mindful meditation to the high school students.

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