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Parkside Day challenge set for April 15; aims to raise funds for several university initiatives

Parkside Day challenge set for April 15; aims to raise funds for several university initiatives

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SOMERS — The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites alumni and other supporters to save the date for the third annual Parkside Day on April 15.

UW-Parkside and Carthage College are piloting courses during the second semester of 2020 with Kenosha Unified high schools to tap potential teaching talent.

Parkside Day is an annual 24-hour online challenge that supports student success and celebrates Parkside Ranger spirit. Parkside Day 2021 organizers are aiming to reach 500 donors, to demonstrate the impact that supporters have on the university.

“Even though we’re socially distanced, Parkside Day hasn’t changed its focus on giving back and showing pride for UW-Parkside,” said Linnéa Booher, director of donor and alumni engagement. “Whether it’s making a gift or participating in another way, there are so many ways that our alumni and others can show their support to ensure a Parkside education remains high-quality, affordable and life-changing for today’s students.”

Booher said Parkside Day 2020 engaged 479 donors and raised $143,923 in contributions from alumni, faculty, staff, local community members and other friends of UW-Parkside.

Throughout the day on April 15, the campus community and members of the public will be invited to participate in virtual competitions and activities that highlight UW-Parkside.

The centerpiece of the day will be giving challenges to raise funds in support of the Future Focus Fund, UW-Parkside Foundation’s largest need-based student aid fund; Ranger Athletics; campus equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives; and other opportunities that directly benefit student learning and career preparation at UW-Parkside.

New this year, Parkside Day will feature the Ranger Run, a virtual 5K, 10K and fun run. Participants can register for the run of their choice and complete it independently April 9-11.

Additionally, Parkside Day will also involve UW-Parkside students and alumni in giving back to the community through a Ranger Clean Up Day, with opportunities to participate in outdoor environmental projects at several locations in Kenosha County.

For more information, go online to uwp.edu/giving/parkside-day.cfm.

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