CALDWELL, NJ — More than 300 people ranging from serious runners to local dignitaries and teachers competing for the fastest school, to families walking and running together participated in the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation's (CWCEF) fifth annual 5K at James Caldwell High School (JCHS) on Saturday. 

According to Shari Bricker of the CWCEF, the total raised at this year's event has yet to be confirmed, but the tally is nearing $14,000 for the benefit of Caldwell-West Caldwell schools.

"We are very proud that we have been able to assist our art departments with new technologies for their classrooms, help fund a broadcasting booth for our media center and supply our resource rooms with numerous materials and equipment," said Bricker. "In addition, we have helped the Engineering Club at JCHS procure robots, secured Greenhouse Garden supplies for the middle school and enabled the purchase of LEGO Robotics kits and IPads for the 6th Grade Math Curriculum.

Sign Up for E-News

"Our goal is to keep raising money so that we can help every child in our district be successful and  exceed all expectations."

Bricker added that the organization was thrilled to have local cheerleaders as well as many local principals on hand to show their support for the runners.

For more information about how proceeds from the race will benefit CWC Public Schools, visit CWCEF.ORG

Sponsors of the 5K included Schumacher Chevrolet Auto Group, Glen Rock Ham, Essex Lodge #7, Thingee Corporation, Product Identification Company, Lakeland Bank, George J Anderson Land Surveyors, Women’s Club of Caldwell, The Bravitas Group, West Essex YMCA, Bay Roofing,  C2 Educational Center, Crane’s Mill, Ethan and The Bean, K. Macken Landscaping, Newman Orthodontics, Land Pros of NJ, Russo Brothers Plumbing and Sylvan Learning Center.

The annual event is a certified Grand Prix Race sanctioned by the NJ Track and Field Organization, and has previously hosted more than 600 runners and walkers who participate not only for the race but to support the CWCEF. One-hundred percent of profits generated from the event targets programs benefitting all children in the CWC school district.