by Terry Rogers
Milford School District recently announced the Inaugural We are Milford Day which will be held on the Milford High School and Milford Central Academy campuses on November 2 from 10 AM until 2 PM. There is no charge for the event which will feature many different activities.
“This is a celebration of our Milford Community,” Dr. Jason Peel, Director of Human Resources and School Climate, said. “It is being held on Homecoming Saturday. Homecoming should symbolize the pride we feel as a community. We wanted to have an event that would make everyone remember they are part of the Milford family.”
The event will begin with a 5k with registration opening at 8 AM and the race starting at 9 AM. Pre-registration costs $25 for adults and $15 for students. The day of the race, the cost is $30 for adults and $20 for students. The school with the most staff participating in the 5k will win a free pizza party and all participants receive a free We Are Milford T-shirt. To register for the 5k in advance, visit https://raceroster.com/events/2019/26669/inaugural-we-are-milford-5k.
In addition to the 5k, the district is selling t-shirts for the event. The t-shirts are $10 for both adult and youth-sized shirts. They are maroon with gold “We are Milford” on the front to demonstrate community pride. T-shirts may be purchased online at https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/AQh4Ro4kyT but the online store will only be open from October 3 through October 18. They will also be available the day of the event.
“We are also asking everyone to bring a book to the event,” Dr. Peel said. “It is our intent to give every child who attends the first We Are Milford Day to take home a book in order to encourage reading at home. Students can start bringing books to school for the event at any time as each school has a coordinator in charge of the book drive. Kim Webb is coordinating for Ross, Rene Dias for Milford High, Jessica Rash for the Academy, Jamie Pase for Mispillion, Latosha Weldon for Morris and Jen Norman for Bannker.”
Live performances by the Milford High School Cheerleaders, Milford Community Band and students from Morris Early Childhood Center are planned throughout the day. Attendees will receive a free hot dog lunch and free popcorn. There will also be chicken platters available for sale.
Vendors will be on hand to provide information and include the Food Bank of Delaware, Bayhealth, Milford High School Wellness Center, Abbott’s Mill, Delaware State Park Association, Milford Elks Lodge, HELP Initiative Delaware, 4-H Teen Display, Kick Butts Generation along with the Boys and Girls Club.
“There will be a live FFA animal display, live planetarium, bouncy houses and face painting,” Dr. Peel said. “The City of Milford, Carlisle Fire Department, Milford Police Department and Hill’s Bus Service are also providing vehicles for a “Touch A Truck” display. Children can come touch fire trucks, police cars, school buses and more while also learning more about how they operate.”
Dr. Peel explained that the entire event is planned around learning more about the Milford community and what is available in the area.
“This is where people can learn more about their community,” Dr. Peel said. “They can share some fun and a meal together in order to promote a sense of pride in what it means to be a Milfordian and a Milford Buccaneer. We hope our students and community members come out to celebrate everything this great town has to offer.”
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