KAHOKstrong is partnering with Century 21 for this year’s 5K on October 20, 2019.
The Wizard of Oz theme race will take place in the developing Tanglewood neighborhood in Caseyville.
What is KAHOKstrong?
KAHOKstrong is a student-based organization that was created to assist students, staff, and families in the Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 (IL) community during times of tragedy. The group started in 2013 to help one of our own teachers who was battling cancer. Though we tragically lost this faculty member after her short battle with cancer, CHS Teachers Jacob Post and Toni Geisen decided to keep the organization in place to assist others in our school community.
In the past seven years, KAHOKstrong has raised money for the sole purpose of helping people in our school district during times of tragedy. We have been incredibly fortunate to receive many donations and have well-supported fundraisers that allow us to help others. As of 2019, we have donated nearly $60,000 back to our district/community in a variety of ways.
KAHOKstrong created two memorial scholarships in honor of Fred Fierce (CHS assistant and coach who lost his battle against cancer) and Ryan & Sarah Stolcis (CMS & CHS teachers, respectively, who were married and both passed away from cancer within a year of each other). KAHOKstrong is proud to offer the Kelley Liljegren Scholarship (Kelley was a CHS math teacher who lost her long-fought battle against cancer) which is a $4000 scholarship. All of these scholarships are awarded to CHS seniors at the end of the school year.
In addition to these scholarships, KAHOKstrong also purchases Christmas gifts for Unit 10 families students/families who are in need to help provide their children with gifts to open on Christmas day.
Lastly, and most importantly, if you have/know of a student(s) or family in the CUSD 10 community that is in need of some kind of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to KAHOKstong. Whether it’s the need for a new backpack, shoes, help with medical bills, etc., we try to help in any way we can. The only criteria is the person/situation we are assisting must be a Unit 10 student, family of student or employee.
Email Mrs. Geisen or Mr. Post for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com