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Learn More Center announces fourth annual feel the learn 5k run/walk

The following statement was issued Wednesday by the Learn More Center:

All ages are invited to participate in the Fourth Annual Feel the Learn 5K Race to be held in North Manchester on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Feel the Learn will be in conjunction with the North Manchester’s Harvest Festival and Manchester University’s homecoming celebration.

The Feel the Learn 5K Run/Walk benefits the Learn More Center which provides free adult basic education in two centers located in Wabash and North Manchester. The event has raised over $40,000 in its first three years.

“This money helps toward the cost of consumable materials for students, high school equivalency testing fees, and expert instruction for our adult learners,” says Director of Education Cynthia Johnson. “The event has been very successful over the past three years and we are excited to host it again.”

The 3.1 mile run features chip timing, and is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on October 11 2014. The race route starts at the Town Life Center, and follows a course that highlights North Manchester’s organizations that promote literacy. Featured partners for Feel the Learn include North Manchester Public Library, Manchester Community Schools, Manchester University and the Learn More Center.

Advancing educational attainment is critical to a prosperous and growing Wabash County. The Feel the Learn 5K race will not only raise money to support the Learn More Center’s mission to eliminate illiteracy, but also build awareness about the importance of education and learning.

Those wishing to participate can find registration information online at www.active.com or at Learnmorecenter.org. All race participants will receive a tee-shirt and gift bag with entry. Prizes will be given to the top three male and female finishers in 8 different age categories. The first 50 participants will also receive a medal.

The Learn More Center is currently in a campaign to meet a $45,000 matching challenge grant offer for 2014 by an anonymous donor.

This grant will be awarded on a $1 for $1 matching basis for private and business donations (including race sponsorships) through December 31, 2014, and will help raise funds to operate the Learn More Center. Support for the Center comes from a mix of private donations, foundation grants and Indiana Department of Workforce Development Grants.

Educational programming is offered at the Wabash Alliance Church in Wabash and at the Town Life Center in North Manchester. For hours and more information, call toll free at (877) 363-6128 or visit www.learnmorecenter.org. Services are confidential and are of no cost to students.

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