Run to Read

Join the D54 Education Foundation and School District 54 in supporting literacy and promoting health and fitness for the young and old by participating in the 20th annual Run to Read. We are currently planning the Run to Read 2024 to be held in person on September 22, starting and ending at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. This event will include a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile walk and children’s races. This year the event will be hosted by the District 54 Education Foundation on Sunday, September 22, 2024 at Dirksen School. The District 54 Education Foundation is committed to supporting students today and preparing students for tomorrow. It does that primarily by providing support to children from financially struggling families.

With this change in host, there is also a change in how the funds will be spent. All funds raised this year will be used to support programs for these families – a crisis fund, a breakfast program, the District 54 food pantries and grants for children to participate in extracurricular activities. By meeting the basic needs of students, they are preparing students to be successful at school, thus the name Run to Read still applies. 

Not a runner? With a $10 donation, you can sponsor a D54 student whose family cannot afford to participate in this race. For $20, you can sponsor 2 children. For $100 you can sponsor 10. You get the idea. 

View 5K Course Map

T-shirts and Medals

Every registrant will receive a T-shirt and a finisher’s medal. To guarantee you receive a T-shirt in your preferred size, make sure to register by August 23, 2024. Any registrations or orders received after August 23 will be given T-shirts based on availability.

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Please consider becoming a sponsor. In exchange for your support, we will make sure that our communities – and your customers – know about your contribution to our event.

The highest level of sponsorship for Run to Read 2024 is the exclusive Title Sponsorship. Other sponsorship opportunities include $1,000 gold sponsors and $500 silver sponsors. See below for more information about sponsorship opportunities and the benefits linked to each sponsorship level. 

Don’t forget your donation is tax-deductible. If you want to help, but can’t commit to sponsoring this event, please consider a flat donation. Make your tax-deductible check payable to District 54 Education Foundation and mail it to District 54 Education Foundation, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194.

Sponsorships must be received by August 23, 2024, to ensure your company’s name/logo on the race T-shirt.

  • Large black and white logo on the top center of T-shirt
  • Named as Title Sponsor on all emails from the Run to Read
  • Opportunity to post a flyer or coupon in our registration packet
  • Name mentioned in a thank you flyer in each registration packet
  • Name on Run to Read website and in foundation newsletter
  • Free table at the event
  • Use of the tag line “Official Sponsor of District 54 Education Foundation’s Run to Read 2024”
  • Use of Run to Read logo in company advertising
  • Medium black and white logo on T-shirt
  • Opportunity to post a flyer or coupon in our registration packet
  • Name mentioned in a thank you flyer in each registration packet
  • Name on Run to Read website and in foundation newsletter
  • Discounted rate of $100 to purchase a table at the event
  • Use of the tag line “Official Sponsor of District 54 Education Foundation’s Run to Read 2024”
  • Use of Run to Read logo in company advertising
  • Name on T-shirt
  • Opportunity to post a flyer or coupon in our registration packet
  • Name mentioned in a thank you flyer in each registration packet
  • Name on Run to Read website and in foundation newsletter
  • Discounted rate of $100 to purchase a table at the event
  • Use of the tag line “Official Sponsor of District 54 Education Foundation’s Run to Read 2024”
  • Use of Run to Read logo in company advertising
  • There is no cost for organizations donating an item of value to the registration packets (i.e. a water bottle, free meal coupons, etc.).
  • The cost is $100 for any organization to place an advertisement in the registration packet.
  • We expect up to 1,500 participants.
  • Items are due by Friday, August 30, 2024, to the D54 Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. 
  • Share information about your organization from a table at the event (indoor and outdoor options available).
  • Name mentioned in a thank you flyer in each registration packet
  • Name on Run to Read website and in foundation newsletter