I am delighted to run for Team Brookline, the Town of Brookline’s official Boston Marathon team, to raise money for the Brookline Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Brookline’s commitment to excellence in public education: 100% of your donation is tax-deductible.
As soon as you donate, I'll also be running for you! Like a clerical indulgence, a small contribution up front will provide immense spiritual benefits down the road: when you hear in April that the marathon has started, you'll feel good for helping public school children, and you'll also be thankful for the relative comfort of wherever you happen to be. I'll be running 26.2 miles, you'll be relaxed, and you'll still be doing good. It's a shortcut to paradise. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!
About the BEF:
The BEF raises private funds to support innovative teaching, administrative leadership, professional development, and community participation in the town's public schools: "Excellence in public education does not only enhance the well-being of our students, but also that of our entire community. The Brookline Education Foundation brings together educators and private donors to support the mission of the Public Schools of Brookline, which is to ensure that every student develops the skills and knowledge to pursue a productive and fulfilling life, to participate thoughtfully in a democracy, and succeed in a diverse and evolving global society. Not only does the BEF enrich the lives of our students, but it also strengthens the Brookline community, today and in the future.
"From its start in 1981 as one of the first private local education funds in the country, the BEF has raised over $5 million for the Brookline Public Schools. Supporters and donors include parents, citizens, and businesses who share the belief that strong public schools are essential to the quality of life and future well-being of the town. Today, the BEF is one of the largest and most innovative local education funds in Massachusetts.
"The BEF works closely with the Brookline School Department in a unique partnership, identifying needs and opportunities where its efforts can make a difference to teachers and children. BEF monies are used to fund new approaches to professional development and systemwide improvements that the schools could not otherwise afford. The BEF seeks out and supports innovation and leadership among teachers and administrators alike. It looks for leverage opportunities where its programs can generate funds from other public and private sectors."
About Team Brookline:
Team Brookline is a committed group of adult runners who train together for the Boston Marathon while raising funds for five partner charities that play an integral role in strengthening and enriching our community: The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Library Foundation, Brookline Symphony Orchestra, and Brookline Teen Center.
In 2019, Team Brookline was in the top 25 of all Boston Marathon charity teams.
Since its inception in 2012, more than 155 runners, supported by friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and each other, as well as local businesses, have raised $1.675 million to strengthen our community and make a true impact in the lives of all who live, work, or go to school in Brookline. When you train and run with Team Brookline, you strengthen our community, expanding access to mental health care, literacy, the arts, youth development programs, and education.