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The Partnership Plan Stomps for Stillwater Students

Stomp the Stairs will be held on June 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park. Proceeds will benefit Stillwater Area Public Schools.

Looking for an opportunity to support the community and get some exercise at the same time? You’re in luck!

The Partnership Plan is hosting its first Summer Solstice Stair Stomp today at Pioneer Park to raise money to support enrichment programs in the Stillwater Area Public Schools.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature two stair-stomping routes. One route includes two sets of stairs that total 1.4 miles, and the other has three sets of stairs making up a 2.2-mile course. Stompers are free to choose either of the two routes.

After participants have finished stomping the stairs, they are invited to celebrate in Pioneer Park from 6:30-9 p.m. and enjoy ice cream, fresh fruit and music from local bands.

The event will go on rain or shine.

Because this is the first Stair Stomp, organizers are not sure how many people will turn out for the event. Jen Anderson, a member of the Partnership Plan’s development committee, said she has high expectations for community involvement throughout the summer.

“The Partnership Plan has a few different summer events and we are looking to kick off the summer with the Stair Stomp,” Anderson said.

Money raised at this event will be distributed to local schools to enrich learning in arts and sciences. In the past, the Partnership Plan has purchased items like iPads and whiteboards for Stillwater schools.

The Partnership Plan is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 that is managed by a volunteer board of directors. According to its website, the Partnership Plan’s mission is “to be a catalyst for exciting and innovative learning for students of Stillwater Area Public Schools by forging community partnerships of time, talent and resources.”

The Partnership Plan is funded primarily through donations from individuals, businesses and community organizations, but also relies heavily on foundation grants and fundraising events such as the Stair Stomp.

According to the website, the Partnership Plan has contributed over $3 million dollars to enhancing the education experience of students in Stillwater Area Public Schools.

Suggested donation registration fees for the Stair Stomp range from $10 for an individual stomper to $20 for a family. Online registration is available here. Participants who collect pledges for $50, $75 and $100 will receive prizes.

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