College of Education's Cycle-Thon 2012 kicks off fall semester

The seventh annual College of Education Cycle-Thon & 5K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 9. The fundraising event, which features a 9-mile bicycle route and a 5-kilometer walk/run route, will start at the Chambers Building at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. It promises to provide a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors, while supporting a good cause.

Proceeds will benefit the College of Education’ s Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE), which is a rigorous summer residential program at Penn State that provides access to the field of education to selected at-risk high school students who are interested in careers in teaching, counseling, special education, rehabilitation or educational administration.

SCOPE students are given the opportunity to learn about the college admission and financial aid processes, and to address areas including leadership, community service, cultural affirmation and personal development, all while in a nurturing environment. Cycle-Thon helps make these opportunities possible by paying for students’ tuition and room and board.

Event attendees can expect a day packed with free activities, including children’s games, face painting, awards and prizes, and a chance to meet the Nittany Lion. A packed lunch can be pre-purchased online during registration, or a lunch can be brought from home. The event was moved from its usual time during the spring in hopes for better weather and a larger turn out.

Registration is $25 for adults/non-students, $20 for college students, and $15 for K-12 students. Children five years old and younger are free. The registration fee includes the bike ride or 5K, an official Cycle-Thon 2012 T-shirt, and all activities.

For those who would like to help, but cannot participate, there is the option of sponsoring a T-shirt. For a minimum donation of $25, a name or organization's name can be listed on the back of all official 2012 Cycle-Thon T-shirts.

To learn more or to volunteer to help with this event, contact Phil Hoy, assistant director of alumni relations, at phoy@psu.edu, or 814-863-2216, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Last Updated August 07, 2012