Kids for a Better Future‚Äôs 2015 Walkathon Supported Crisis Text Line

Carolyn Koos, PhD, former chief administrator and principal at Deer Park CCSD, possesses more than 15 years of experience as an educational administrator. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to children and has helped several schools increase their overall student achievement. Dr. Carolyn Koos is also committed to her community and supports a number of organizations and events such as the Kids for a Better Future walkathon.

A nonprofit organization focused on supporting and advocating for children, Kids for a Better Future (KBF) selects a different organization to support every year. Money is raised for the chosen organization through a variety of events, including walkathons. This year, in honor of a 16-year-old who took his own life, KBF focused its support on Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line is a 24/7 emotional support text line that is available to teenagers who are in crisis. The support provided to teenagers via text is free and KBF hopes that the availability of the line will prevent tragedies in the future.

KBF raised money to support Crisis Text Line through its 8th Annual Walkathon, held in April. Participants were asked to get sponsored by friends, family, and other community members. The goal for each walker was to raise at least $100 for the cause. To increase the number of people getting sponsored, participants were also encouraged to ask other people to walk as well.

Run with Carl Event in Iowa Raises Scholarship Funds

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.