On this Giving Tuesday we just want to say thank you for continuing to support us as we keep Vicki’s legacy going. When you donate to VSMF, shop in our ETSY store or run in the Vicki Soto 5K you help us continue to do the following:
The Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship; awarded annually to local and national students pursuing a college degree in the field of education
Miss Soto Literacy Legacy Project; book donations every academic year to support K-6 schools, classrooms and teachers
Substantial financial support to Stratford Board of Education to bridge the gap in literacy funding
Funding of Stratford K-2 after school tutoring programs
Funding of Stratford Library programing for the arts, music, theater and creative classes
Mentor texts that promote anti-bullying and support acceptance, kindness and self-worth
Town-wide literacy and library efforts
Funding of individual local teachers “donors choose” projects that public education budgets cannot support
Book drives and the creation of classroom libraries
Financial sponsorship of academically gifted students in summer learning experiences
Support of other nonprofit educational organizations that promote education
The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund Inc. is an official 501c(3) public charity organization. Thank you for your continued support!
We are proud to announce that the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. has made a $5,000 donation to the Stratford Library this year. With the commitment, support and donations from so many generous people, the fund was able to make this impactful contribution.
The donation will to help to establish a K-2 after-school tutoring program at the library, covering expenses for staffing and incentives for volunteering high school tutors. In conjunction with the library donation, we are also able to support literacy efforts being implemented through “Miss Soto Literacy Legacy” program, which provides mentor books to each K-6 classroom in Stratford, CT.
When you support the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. this is what you help us do. Thank you so very much for your continued support.
Stratford Daily Voice, Vicki Soto Fund Spreads Support Across Many Causes in Stratford
All registered participants will receive your assigned bib number in a separate email on Sunday, October 30th. It is imperative to check for this email and know your bib number prior to arriving at packet pickup. If you are picking up for other individuals, please have their bib number and information available as well.
Save time on race day by picking up your packet in advance! Please have your bib number available prior to arriving. If you are picking up for a large group or for other individuals, please have all bib numbers and information available as well. WE URGE ALL PRE-REGISTERED RUNNERS TO PICK UP PACKETS IN ADVANCE!
Packet Pickup at Team Vicki Soto Headquarters
3333 Main Street, Suite #203 – Stratford, CT
Monday, October 31st 10:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesday, November 1st 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 2nd 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Packet Pickup at Stanziale’s Restaurant
595 Main Street – Stratford, CT
Thursday, November 3rd 5:00pm – 8:00pm
The deadline to register and still be guaranteed a t-shirt has now past. If you registered before the October 19th deadline, you will receive the shirt size you selected with online registration. We cannot exchange any t-shirt sizes or guarantee shirts to anyone that missed the t-shirt deadline.
Limited In-Person Registration
Limited in-person registration will be available at packet pickup and on race day, however t-shirts for in-person registration are not guaranteed! Please understand that while we would love to accommodate everyone, t-shirts are reserved for those who registered before the deadline.
Please bring a new or gently used children’s book to donate to Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy. Books will be collected each day of packet pickup and on race day. These books will be used to support teachers, schools and classrooms in Stratford, CT.
We have some incredible baskets to raffle off at the 5k this year! Tickets are $10 for 12 tickets, $20 for 25 tickets; winners do not need to be present to win. Tickets will be on sale at packet pickup on Thursday, November 3rd at Stanziale’s Restaurant and on race day. Please remember to bring your money! There will be lots of other vendors selling merchandise on race day as well.
For more race information, please visit the FAQ section of the website at www.vickisoto5k.com. Thank you again for your time and support!
The first book in this years Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy, “Beautiful Hands” by Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi, was just dropped off at the Stratford Board of Education! This book will be distributed to over 200 classrooms in Stratford to be read by over 5,000 students!
The second book in “Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy” is “What To Do With a Tail Like This” by Steven Jenkins and Robin Page. The book teaches kids how animals use their ears, noses, mouths, tails, eyes and feet in different ways, in a beautifully illustrated and interactive book.
Students in kindergarten each picked an animal and made books about what the animal’s special body part does. The students in first grade changed the title for a project they were working on to “What To Do With a Heart Like This” in response to showing kindness and ways to spread it throughout the school.
A special thanks to the staff at the Victoria Soto School for sending us pictures and showing us how they use and display “Miss Soto’s Literacy Legacy” project.
As the year wraps up we just wanted to write a little post about the amazing things we have been able to do through your donations to the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. As you know we give out scholarships, but we are also able to help many other organizations in our community to keep Vicki’s legacy going. Here are a few ways we have been able to help.
- SHS and BHS scholarships
- Big brother/Big Sister program support
- SHS and BHS scholarships
- Miss Soto Literacy Project
- Stratford Library program support
- Free Libraries in Stratford community centers
- Fairfield Police educational scholarship
- Ben’s Bells program support
Thank you all for allowing us to make such a large impact in the community.