Church of the Servant, Gaillardia housing addition support Whiz Kids with annual run event

BY KAY HARSHA Modified: September 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm •  Published: September 28, 2012

The United Methodist Church of the Servant and Gaillardia Housing Addition announce that they are co-sponsoring the “Fit to Serve” 5k run and 1-mile fun walk this Sunday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. to benefit City Care’s Whiz Kids.

This is the third consecutive year that Church of the Servant has hosted the “Fit to Serve” event, and the first year it has partnered with Gaillardia. The annual event carries the slogan "Big Feet Running for Little Feet", and funds that were raised the past two years were used to purchase car seats for children.

Robyn Goggs, associate pastor of Church of the Servant, said: "Each year we choose a mission that supports children as our benefactor. We are pleased to join Gaillardia Housing Addition residents in raising funds for Whiz Kids and building community support for the greater good of children in Oklahoma.”

City Care’s Whiz Kids is a faith-based, one-on-one volunteer tutoring/mentoring program that focuses on first through sixth grade students who live in areas which have some of the highest drop-out rates and lowest socioeconomic levels in Oklahoma City.

Whiz Kids is proactive and preventative in nature, targeting inner-city schools and students who are reading below grade level and who could benefit most from a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult. Church of the Servant volunteers tutor students in this program each week.

The 5k run and 1 mile fun walk event is open to the public. Interested participants should register at Church of the Servant at 14343 N Macarthur by 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $35.00 the day of the race, and includes a meal and awards celebration on the Gaillardia Country Club lawn immediately after the race.