I am running the Boston Marathon in order to realize a dream of mine since moving to the Boston area 12 years ago! Every year I am out on Comm Ave, cheering on all of the runners, and this year I couldn't keep myself from joining the marathoners any longer. I have chosen to support Newton Schools Foundation (NSF) as I train because I believe in the programs that the foundation supports. Newton Schools Foundation provides special curriculum in and out of the classroom for students and staff -- instructional and programmatic initiatives that address needs of students attending Newton Schools. While the foundation supports areas ranging from science and engineering to literacy and the arts, NSF also funds initiatives in the areas of social and emotional health as well as closing the Achievement Gap among needier Newton students. As a social worker in Newton Public Schools, it's these latter issues that particularly resonate with me. I work with students with a great amount of special education needs, and programs such as these are crucial for their success. It helps to know that I'm raising money for a great cause as I'm out there pounding the pavement and building up marathon mileage! Thank you so much for considering to donate to this cause in my name. You can learn more about Newton Schools Foundation at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org.