Race for Education
Thank you for supporting our “Race for Education”! This year’s theme is Celebrating our Troops in honor of Veteran’s Day.
The goal of the PTO is to raise $15,000 for our school from this wonderful fundraiser!
Join our students as they take a step for each of the 1,281,900 active duty military service members as part of this year’s Race for Education!
Aquinas Faculty and students will be walking to celebrate our troops in honor of Veteran’s Day as we Race around the track on November 16th. Sister Kateri Rose will start the day with the students in a group assembly with a special mention of our troops. Then the students will race around the track, passing markers set out commemorating the branches of Military Service along the track.
We ask for your financial support of Aquinas so that we may continue to provide a quality whole person Catholic education for our students.
How to Participate
Race Participation Form is due to your student’s homeroom teacher by Monday, October 29th
click on a topic below for more detailed instructions:
To participate in Crowdfunding, all you need is 5 minutes to set up your own page. Using the link below, you will create a page for your student(s), set a goal, and start raising money for Aquinas!
It is easy to share your crowdfunding page using Facebook, Twitter, and email. Use the link below to create your page. Please customize as you like by adding your own photo or modifying the standard message. Then, share your page with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Please copy and paste the text below into the body of your email…updating the Salutation and Closing for your student’s name(s)
Dear [ENTER NAME],
On Friday, November 16th, my school St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School will hold our 9th annual “Race for Education.” This year’s theme is Celebrating our Troops in honor of Veteran’s Day. We will take a step for each of the 1,281,900 active military service members as we race around the course.
Our goal is to raise $15,000! The funds raised will support the ongoing capital projects in my school.
Here are three ways you may sponsor me:
- Donate online at aquinastars.org/race-for-education-2; OR
- Text STARSRACE to 71777; OR
- Mail a check payable to STARS to
Race for Education
St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School
13750 Marys Way
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Thank you for your generosity.
[ENTER STUDENT AND/OR FAMILY NAME]
Download the Race for Education letter template. Please update the template for your student’s information and mail to your friends and family.
Some sample Personal messages (handwritten by student) are:
- Please help me have more hands on time with an iPad.
- Please support my school.
- I love my school. Please help me raise money for it.
Want to support the Race, but don’t want to contact friends and family? You may support the Race by using the donation form on the left. Thank you for your generosity.
St Thomas Aquinas Regional School “Celebrates our Troops” with our Race for Education
On 14 June 1775, The Second Continental Congress formed the Continental Army as a means for the 13 unified American colonies to fight the forces of Britain. George Washington was unanimously elected Commander-In-Chief of the fledgling Army, and he would lead the colonies to victory and independence.
Today, the Army is made up of more than 700,000 Soldiers, including active duty and Army Reserve personnel.
Army Soldiers fill many roles. They are doctors, lawyers, and engineers; they are electricians, computer programmers and helicopter pilots; they are police officers, logistics experts and civil affairs representatives. The Army’s constant need for a diverse range of individual Soldiers, each with his or her own expertise is what sets it apart from other military branches.
The Navy accomplishes its missions primarily by sea, but also by air and land. It secures and protects the oceans around the world to create peace and stability, making the seas safe for travel and trade.
The United States Navy claims 13 October 1775 as the date of its official establishment, when the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution creating the Continental Navy. With the end of the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Navy was disbanded. Under first President George Washington threats to American merchant shipping by Barbary pirates from four North African Muslim States, in the Mediterranean, led to the Naval Act of 1794, which created a permanent standing U.S. Navy.
Today, the U.S. Navy has approximately 340,000 active-duty servicemembers and 71,000 members of the Navy Reserve.
Marines are trained to improvise, adapt and overcome any obstacle in whatever situation they are needed. They have the willingness to engage and the determination to defeat the enemy until victory is seized.
Founded in 1775, the United States Marine Corps shares its legacy with that of the United States of America. Intrinsically bound, the Marines have fought battles throughout time to defend our constitution, protect our people, and to stabilize the world in times of crisis.
The kinds of battles Marines fight range from traditional warfare to humanitarian and disaster relief missions (HADR). The fighting spirit that helps them win these battles extends beyond the scope of their military service, and many Marines continue to serve in the communities where they live.
As of 2017, the USMC has around 186,000 active duty members and some 38,500 reserve Marines.
For over a century, the U.S. Air Force has defended this country in the air, space and cyberspace through the skill and the bravery of American Airmen.
The United States Air Force became a separate military service on 18 September 1947 with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947…. The Act created the National Military Establishment, later renamed the United States Department of Defense, which was composed of four of the five branches, the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and a newly created Air Force…. Prior to 1947, the responsibility for military aviation was divided between the Army for land-based operations and the Navy and Marine Corps for sea-based operations from aircraft carrier and amphibious aircraft. The Army created the first antecedent of the Air Force on 1 August 1907, which through a succession of changes of organization, titles, and missions advanced toward eventual separation 40 years later.
Along with conducting independent air and space operations, the U.S. Air Force provides air support for land and naval forces and aids in the recovery of troops in the field. As of 2017, the service operates more than 5,369 military aircraft, 406 ICBMs and 170 military satellites. It has a $161 billion budget and is the second largest service branch, with 318,415 active duty personnel, 140,169 civilian personnel, 69,200 Air Force Reserve personnel, and 105,700 Air National Guard personnel.
The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation’s only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy Department eight years later. Since then, the Coast Guard has protected the United States throughout its long history and served proudly in every one of the nation’s conflicts.
The Coast Guard is both a federal law enforcement agency and a military force, and therefore is a faithful protector of the United States in peacetime and war. In times of peace, the Coast Guard operates as part of the Department of Homeland Security, enforcing the nation’s laws at sea, protecting the marine environment, guarding the nation’s vast coastline and ports, and performing vital life saving missions. In times of war, or at the direction of the President, the Coast Guard serves under the Department of the Navy, defending the nation against terrorism and foreign threats.
The over 56,000 members of the Coast Guard operate a multi-mission, interoperable fleet of 243 Cutters, 201 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and over 1,600 boats. Operational control of surface and air assets is vested in two Coast Guard geographical Areas (Pacific and Atlantic), nine Coast Guard Districts, and 37 Sectors located at strategic ports throughout the country. Six Mission Support Logistics and Service Centers provide services for operational assets and shore facilities. Coast Guard program oversight, policy development, and personnel administration are carried out at Coast Guard Headquarters located on the St. Elizabeths campus in Washington, DC.
Help your PTO make this a wonderful event for our students. We need many hands on “race day” to ensure a safe and fun time for all. Please check the Sign Up for details on tasks and time slots available. Thank you for your support of our Aquinas community.
For every 5 donations made on behalf of a student by FRIDAY, November 16, the student may choose one “SPIRIT WEAR PASS” (limit of 3) or one “TREASURE CHEST GIFT CARD”.
For every 10 donations made on behalf of a student by FRIDAY, November 16, the student’s name will be entered in a drawing for a GRAND PRIZE of a $25.00 Gift Card. A Grand Prize will be awarded on each level: PreK – 2nd, 3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th.
The student in each grade, who has more than 10 donors AND the highest number of donors by FRIDAY, November 16, will be treated to a “Chauffeured Pizza Lunch” with Sister Kateri Rose.