Washington, DC, September 23, 2018 — Hundreds ran, jogged, or walked in support of education during the 2018 Norma E. Boyd 5K Race for Education, Sunday, September 23, 2018 at the scenic East Potomac Park. This event, sponsored by the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation (PIEF), in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Omega Chapter, took place in the morning and raised funds that support scholarships for college-bound D.C. high school students.

“The annual Norma E. Boyd 5K Race for Education is a key component in the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation’s focus on educating our future leaders. This race has generated funds to support scholarships for deserving students in Washington, DC public schools for five years. Named for Alpha Kappa Alpha founder, Norma E. Boyd, whose passion was education, race proceeds have provided college scholarships to over 60 deserving students from the Washington, DC community. Supporters of the Norma E. Boyd 5K Race for Education are making a direct investment in the education of future leaders from the Washington, DC community,” says PIEF and Xi Omega President, April Gaines-Jernigan.

Established in 1988, The Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (C) 3, non-profit organization that partners with Alpha Kappa Alpha – Xi Omega Chapter to raise money for scholarships. The organizations work together to support educational and community-based programs as well as implement fundraising initiatives. Each year, PIEF awards thousands in scholarships to exceptional, college-bound high school students. The 2018 cohort is comprised of 12 awardees selected from seven DC public high schools and charter schools. In 2018, PIEF celebrates its 30th anniversary and to date, has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships.

The Race was held in the picturesque East Potomac Park. All participants enjoyed the park’s historic and scenic views, while runners appreciated the USATF-certified course, featuring ChronoTrack timing.

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