Annual event raises money for South Bend schools

NOW: Annual event raises money for South Bend schools

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The community spent Saturday morning pulling together for South Bend Schools as part of an annual fundraiser put on by the South Bend education foundation.
The fundraiser is in its 8th year. This year teams raised money by pulling a school bus instead of a truck.
The foundation says the event just keeps gaining momentum. Over the years it has outgrown several venues and is now at Four Winds Field.

“The community has been very accepting of us. Every year we’ve actually grown in numbers,” said Richard Gates, president of the foundation.

Each school will choose where their money goes. Sixty percent of the money raised will go towards individual school projects, and 40 percent will go to programs benefiting all schools.

This year 38 teams stepped up to the challenge. Each school partnered with a local business.
“I like the community partnership,” said South Bend Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Spells.  “I’m very impressed with our education foundation and the things they do for our students.”  
In addition to the bus pull was a family fun fair.
Several free events including inflatables, games and vendors are part of that fair. Plus a children’s area with face painting and plenty of free giveaways.
“We’re asking anyone that wants to come out to join us, because it is all for the South Bend Community School system and it’s all about the kids,” said Gates.
There is still time to help out local schools. Just go online and click on the bus to donate.

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