A donation check of $8,300 was donated to the A+ After School Programs from Reach The Peak, Inc. this past December. Pictured are (back): Dianna Parrott, Site Coordinator at Parkside A+ (Reach The Peak Board Member), Alexander Vera, Kendra Knutson, A+ Program Coordinator (Reach The Peak Board Member), Angelina Larsen, and Ashley Getchius, ThedaCare Employee (Reach The Peak Board Member); (center): Christopher Calderon, Santos Vera, Carlos Cavazos, Izabell Van Aacken, and Mark Caballero; (front): Annalee Jar

Reach The Peak, Inc. donates $8,300 to A+ After School Programs

The 12th Annual Reach The Peak Race Fundraiser Event held on Oct. 12, 2019 was a great success, raising a total of $8,300 through local sponsorships and race fees.

In December, a donation check of $8,300 was presented to the A+ After School Program at Parkside to the students that participated in the 2019 event and helped to prepare runner goodie bags.


The Reach The Peak appreciates the race sponsors, planning committee and event volunteers. Thrivent Financial has not only sponsored the event since the beginning, it has also been part of the planning committee for all 12 years. ThedaCare has sponsored the One Mile Kids Run for five years, taking part in the planning process in the last two years, as well. A total of 43 sponsors and donors, along with 41 volunteers, supported this event. The Reach the Peak committee is so grateful to have such a supportive community.

Local sponsors that provided donations or discounts valued $100 to $400 include: Wautoma Kiwanis Club, Christianos, Waushara Argus, Wautoma Rental Center, Mt. Morris Camp & Retreat Center, Mt Morris Mill Coffee Shop, Milk Specialties, Wautoma Area School District Employees, Gary & Kay Christensen, Dogger’s Bar & Lanes, Redgranite Family Chiropractic, Moose Inn, Silvercryst, BMO Harris Bank, Farago & Son Well Drilling & Plumbing, Nowak Farms Trucking, LLC, Waushara Dental Associates SC, LifeQuest, Hometown Bank, Weekly Timber & Pulp, Wautoma Rotary Club, Creative Custom Embroidery, Berlin Journal, WDUX, Packerland Portables, and Larry Stevens Mobile Entertainment. Many other local businesses provided items for prize drawings and runner goodie bags and gift cards for race supplies.

One hundred thirty-two people participated in 2019, down from 163 in 2018. In 2020 the goal is to have 200 participants and raise $10,000.

The 2020, the 13th Annual event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Nordic Mountain, just outside of Mt. Morris. Registration is currently open. Links to register can be found at reachthepeakrace.com. Like Reach The Peak on Facebook to get access to registration discount codes and event updates.


Volunteers interested in helping plan, prep or take part on event day please contact Kendra Knutson at reachthepeakrace@gmail.com, 920-385-6110 or reach out to the committee on Facebook. Reach The Peak is in need of volunteers to help with promotion including writing press releases, designing advertisements, meeting with sponsors, and delivering and posting promotional material to surrounding cities.

Reach The Peak, Incorporated is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization registered with GuideStar (donations can be made online through Facebook birthday wish or donate button) and AmazonSmile, allowing people to choose an organization for a percentage of each purchase to be donated to.

Funding helps provide after school enrichment programs to support academic and life skill development through hands-on programs and opportunities for youth that attend the Wautoma Area School District including programs during Spring Break and Summer Camp. Currently the A+ After School Program is serving 212 youth K-8th grade in the Redgranite, Riverview and Parkside Schools.