Homer 5K to benefit Heritage music program

Homer 5K to benefit Heritage music program

HOMER — Last year more than a hundred people ran through Homer in order to send Heritage school district's music students to Disney World.

This time participants will be helping to fund the Heritage music program as they run a 5K race through the southeast Champaign County village on March 16.

"There are two main projects," said Heritage music director Justin Lee. "Developing a ukulele unit for our elementary music program and implementing Smartmusic for fifth- through 12th-grade instrumental and vocal music."

Smartmusic is a software program that helps students practice and provides assessment for the students.

The race was suggested by parents last year as a way to fund the band's trip to Disney World. The race was successful and Lee hopes it will grow this year.

"It's a great way to support a vital educational program in the Heritage district," Lee said.

Those wanting to participate can register at heritagemusic5k.weebly.com. Participants can pay online or print the form and mail their payment to Lee. Participants can also register at Homer Elementary School or Heritage High School. They can also email Lee at heritage.director@gmail.com.

The event will start at 7:30 a.m at Homer Village Park. Participants will register and pick up their race packets.

The 5K will start at 9 a.m. with a fun run to start at 9:50 a.m. Awards will be given away at 10:20 a.m. Lee has made some changes to the run this year. The teen classes are broken into two year intervals to allow more people to medal, he said. In addition, the race will be chip-timed by Mattoon Multisport.

"(This will allow for) accurate timing for the serious runner," Lee said.

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