POPSICLE 5K on Saturday, February 25th – Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike!


Lace up your running shoes, and have a chillin’ good time while supporting a great cause — take part in the 6th Annual Popsicle 5k Run! All abilities are welcome. The route begins at Mocksville Elementary across from Rich Park and goes through Mocksville and the new Greenway. The Race kicks off at 8:30 am, with packet pick up and on-site registration beginning at 7:15 am. Click here to register today.

Not a runner? No worries! Walk for a Billion Steps – This year walkers are invited to join in and to help Davie County meet the Healthy Davie Challenge to Walk a Billion Steps in 100 days! Sign up to be a part of the fun!

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Race Day Fun

  • Come in your favorite wintery costume. The most crazy/creative Chilly costume will take home a prize!
  • Raffle – each registrant will receive a raffle ticket with their race number.
  • Brain Freeze Challenge- Eat a popsicle at the beginning, middle, and end of the race.
  • ZERO K- sign up the morning of the race if you are there to support a friend but do not want to run. You’ll get a t-shirt (up to the first 300) and coffee and not have to run an inch!
  • Fun Run- Kids (10 & under) there with a runner can participate in a short race after the 5K has finished.
  • “Sports Walk” where kids can win a Healthy Davie backpack of goodies.
  • Face Painting.
  • Popsicle Palooza – Eat the most popsicles in 3 minutes to win the prize!
  • There will be great food after the race, as well as raffle prize opportunities for participants.
Fees
$20 through February 18, and $15 for team registrants. New this year is a special category for Go Far Students ($10), and Davie County High School athletes and students ($15). There is a fee of  $10 for each child wishing to participate in the Fun Run. All fees go up beginning February 19th.

JanePopsicleSuitSURF Board ~ Empowering the Young People of Davie County
All proceeds from the Popsicle Run 5K support youth-led projects in Davie County! Organized under the Davie Community Foundation, the SURF (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board is a youth grant-making organization for high school aged youth in Davie County. Each year SURF hosts a fundraiser to raise money to grant out in the spring. The proceeds from the Popsicle Run empower young people by supporting their projects through grants from SURF.

SURF Board members seek sponsorships from local Davie County businesses and individuals. Last year the students were issued a $10K Challenge by Davie Community Foundation President Jane Simpson. They met and exceeded their sponsor goal, raising over $13,000. To celebrate their success, Simpson arrived at the run dressed as a grape and cherry Popsicle, riding in a decorated cart.

A Record $12,212 and Nine Grants Given in 2016!
That record-breaking success enabled the Davie Community Foundation SURF Board to award  nine grants totaling $12,212 to  youth- led projects that benefit the youth and children in Davie County..

“I am super proud of all of their hard work to raise the money, and their discernment as they heard grant requests, and made their decisions,” said SURF Advisor Tami Daniel. “They have raised over $14,000 in sponsorships so far this year, so I hope a lot of students will apply because the board will have a lot of grant money to give.”

For information on the 2016 grant awards, please visit SURF Board Awards $12,212 in Grants!

Funding for Your Youth Led Project
Does your school club have a service project idea, but lack money to get it started? Are you involved in a church youth group that could use a grant to fund an outreach project? You may be eligible for funding from the S.U.R.F. Board Youth Grantmakers. All 6th-12th grade students who reside in Davie County are eligible to apply.

How to Apply for a Grant
The SURF Board  is accepting applications for the 2017 grant cycle.  Applications will only be accepted through the online application process.  Deadline for submitting a grant request is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Projects selected for grant awards must:

  • Address general issues that impact the youth of Davie County.
  • Involve at least two youth in planning & carrying out the project.
  • Have an adult ally (21 or older)

CLICK HERE to fill out a Grant Request.The request is online and can be found at https://www.daviefoundation.org/surf-grants/

“I have a passion for Youth and Service, and it has truly been a pleasure to serve as the advisor for this amazing Board of students the past three years,” said Daniel.  “While on the SURF Board, the students learn important life skills, and how to reach out and connect with community business leaders. Watching these students set personal and group goals and then working to achieve them is really rewarding.”

“We are so appreciative of everyone who has stood beside SURF in making great things happen through the SURF Grants. From Sponsors, Volunteers, Runners, Grantees, Grant Advisors, Friends, and Parents it could not happen without you! SURF says thank you for your support, and we look forward to accomplishing even greater things in the future!” she added.

New SURF Board Members Will be Selected in June
The SURF Board is made up of 21 high school students who are residents of Davie County. Homeschool students and high school students who attend school outside of Davie County are invited to apply. New board members are selected annually in June and interviewed by the current board of students.

For more information about the Popsicle 5K or the SURF Board, contact the Davie Community Foundation at 336-753-6903, or email tdaniel@daviefoundation.org.

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