High school’s honor society to host 5K, give proceeds to Oesterlen
High school effort will boost mental health services for children.
The Springfield High School National Honor Society will host a run to benefit mental health services for children at a local organization.
The Prowl for a Purpose 5K run/walk will be held at 9 a.m. on May 7 at the high school.
The school’s NHS is hosting this event as a community service project, with a goal of raising $5,000 for Oesterlen Service for Youth.
The NHS adviser is Niki Sage, and she said service to school and community is one of the top priorities of the chapter.
“Oesterlen provides an important service to our youth and their families here in Springfield, and it is our honor and privilege to assist them,” she said. “In addition to the 5K, our NHS will also volunteer for Oesterlen’s Spring Clean-up, where we will clear brush, plant flowers and clean up the grounds.”
This is the first Prowl race held since it was canceled during COVID-19 in 2020. It had been going on since 2010.
“NHS has worked all year to prepare for this event, and we are excited to host it once again after a brief hiatus due to COVID,” Sage said. “We are always on the lookout for ways to serve our school and community, and what better way than to involve everyone in a healthy and mindful event that everyone is invited to come and participate in.”
The one-mile walk will begin at the entrance of the stadium and continues on pavement out to Home Road, back through the Roosevelt Middle School campus and ends with a half lap around the track.
The 5K will follow the same path as the walk, but continues off pavement past the softball and baseball fields, around the back of the high school campus, returns to the front of the school and finishes with a half lap around the
track. Registrants can also walk the 5K.
The event is open to the public. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for Springfield students.
To register for the run, visit speedy-feet.com and find the race, or runsignup. com/race/oh/springfield/ Prowlforapurpose5k.
Oesterlen, which began serving children and families in 1903, provides emotional and behavioral health services. It offers a broad range of services from community counseling for youth, adults, and their families to secure residential treatment. The Springfield campus has seven buildings, including the multipurpose Stevens Learning Center and intensive treatment facility.