Building Community for Northside Ann Arbor

Kiwanis-Thurston 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

Registration Run Info

Kiwanis Ann Arbor Morning Edition (KAAME) is the Northside Ann Arbor branch of Kiwanis, an international non-profit that seeks to “improve the world, one child and community at a time.” We do this by fundraising and contributing to organizations that support school-aged children.

Our signature event is the annual Kiwanis-Thurston 5K Run/Walk through northeast Ann Arbor neighborhoods that raises funds for charities benefiting students in the Ann Arbor community.

Charities benefiting from the 2017 Kiwanis-Thurston 5K Run/Walk

  • Thurston Nature Center’s Educational Fund: The Thurston Nature Center, located directly next to Thurston Elementary, includes Thurston Pond and surrounding woodlands and hiking trails. Owned by Ann Arbor Public Schools, it is a dedicated conservation reserve focused on supporting Ann Arbor’s Environmental Education Program and Thurston’s Green-Steam initiative. As part of its mission to restore the 50-year old site, teachers and school administrators have requested site-specific interpretation signs about features that students can readily see, better understand, and study.
  • Clague Middle School’s Village Fund: A fund to provide students from families in need with assistance in purchasing clothes, school supplies, and eyeglasses.
  • Clague 8th Grade D.C. Trip Scholarship Fund: Every year, the Clague 8th grade class takes a trip to Washington, D.C., an educational and often eye-opening experience for those students who have never traveled. Clague aims to send every interested 8th grader, and this fund helps those students whose families cannot otherwise afford the trip.
  • Thurston Elementary’s Pantry: Thurston families in need of assistance are provided donations of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and school supplies. A team of parent volunteers and students collect, organize, and distribute the supplies.
  • The Education Project: Ozone House’s THE EDUCATION PROJECT ensures that students affected by homelessness enroll, attend, and succeed in school.