On Sunday, November 6th, I'll be running the New York City Marathon for the first time. My amazing mom Mary completed the same marathon in 1982 in 3 hours 57 minutes. It has always been a dream to run the New York City marathon — and outdo my mom's time in the process! This will be my second marathon, and I am seriously excited for the weeks and months of training between now and November.
Perhaps more interestingly, I am running the 2016 Marathon with the aim of supporting a wonderful New York-based charity called "Top Honors" that provides free tutoring services to underserved NYC middle school students who need help with their math and critical thinking skills, at a donated tutoring space at Joan of Arc Middle School (93rd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues). Volunteer tutors spend time each week playing games with students and working in one-on-one sessions with them to build expertise in (and enthusiasm for) critical thinking and math. These relationships and tutoring sessions are meaningful for the students as well as the volunteer tutors; it's my mission to promote the organization while also raising funds for tutoring in the coming school year.
When I lived in New York in 2011-2012, I spent a few hours most weekends working through math problems with these hard-working students. I am very happy that I did. These sessions helped the students understand concepts that were holding them back in the classroom and ensure that they did not fall behind their peers. As such, the mission of Top Honors is an incredibly important one.
I’m hoping to raise $5,300 for Top Honors before November the 6th. That’s enough for all of the physical materials required to provide tutoring for 11 Top Honors students for a full year, and it will also help as Top Honors looks to expand initiatives to help with math skills throughout the city, outside of its 93rd Street tutoring space. Thank you for any support that you are able to provide!