A former chief administrator and principal of the Deer Park CCSD No. 82 in Ottawa, Illinois, Carolyn Koos, Ph.D., developed the curriculum, instruction and assessment mapping, budgeting, strategic planning, and board policy documents for the school. She dedicated herself to students by participating on the board of a special education cooperative, LEASE and a chief administration activist legislative group, VOICE. She served five years in this role, and was involved in passing a contentious $1.4 million life-and-safety bond. Deeply involved in her community, Dr. Carolyn Koos spends her downtime assisting numerous charitable endeavors, one of which is the Run with Carl, held every Labor Day.
As the primary means for raising money for the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund, the Run with Carl began in 1995. Carl Schillig, 15, was a student at Pleasant Valley High School who died in a car-pedestrian accident on September 17, 1994. Established by his family, the memorial fund provides college scholarships to graduates of the Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf high schools. Each recipient receives a $4,000 scholarship over four years.
Participants in the Run with Carl can partake in a .5-mile or 1-mile fun run, five-mile run, or a 5K run/walk. All of these events take place in Bettendorf, Iowa, and immediately following the race, participants can enjoy refreshments and food. Male and female winners of the five-mile run and 5K run/walk as well as the top finishers in each age category receive awards.