Fund-raiser 5K in Smiths Station Feb. 3

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The Alliance for Recognition of Innovation in School Excellence (ARISE) Foundation is planning to have a morning of races on Feb. 3, 2018, at Smiths Station Junior High School/Freshman Center track field (1100 Lee Road 298, Smiths, AL 36877) to raise money for the teachers and students of Lee County Schools.

The ARISE Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to enhance the educational opportunities offered each child by the Lee County School System of Alabama.  The ARISE Foundation’s primary function is to raise funds for the purpose of awarding grants to Lee County teachers exhibiting excellence in education.  Lee County Schools cannot do this without you, and we need our community’s support!

The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. Central Time/9 a.m. Eastern Time with the 1-mile beginning at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET.  If received by Jan. 19, the cost will be $20 for one race, $30 for two races, and $40 for three races (there is a 10.16K bonus run and one must sign up for the 5K to be eligible).  After Jan. 19, one race will be $25, two races will be $40, and three races will be $50.  For a family rate, contact Roger Keel at 334-524-2884 or  Each registration comes with an “ARISE and Run” T-shirt to show support for Lee County Schools.  There will also be top female and male awards in both the 5K and the 1 mile, which will accumulate to more than 100 awards.

Additionally, if you would be interested in sponsoring the ARISE Foundation, we would welcome your support.  The race T-shirts provided to each participant will have the sponsors listed on the back of each shirt.  This will give the sponsors the opportunity to have their names seen each time the shirt is worn.

We will also recognize each sponsor for making the event possible.  We will also give a shirt to each of our sponsors.  If this is something you would be interested in, we would need the sponsorship in by tomorrow, Jan. 19.

The following levels are available for your support:

Bronze Sponsors – $100 to $500

Silver Sponsors – $500 to $1,000

Gold Sponsors – $1,000 and above

If you have any questions regarding the race itself, would like a registration form, or would like more information on becoming a sponsor, contact or Roger Keel at 334-524-2884 or

The sponsorship can be mailed to P.O. Box 545, Smiths Station, Alabama, 36877.