STAMFORD, CT — October 4, 2018 — Met with beautiful fall weather, the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) presented US Day 2018, Uniting Stamford for a Stronger Community, this past Sunday, September 30th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mill River Park in Stamford, CT. This year’s expanded event drew more than of 2,000 individuals and featured a full day of interactive activities that built on the new mission of Stamford Public Schools to cultivate productive habits of mind, body and heart.

The event kicked off focusing on “body.” Master of Ceremony Dr. Tamu Lucero, Assistant Superintendent of the Stamford Public Schools welcomed the crowd and Stamford’s own Angelica Salem performing the National Anthem. After a warm up led by Upper Deck Fitness, the 6th annual MarcUS for Change 5K Walk & Run began. Each year, the 5K celebrates the memory of Marcus Dixon McInerney, a Stamford High School graduate who overcame many life challenges and moved ahead to attend West Point Academy, before his life ended tragically in 2012. This year 875 individuals participated, with the MarcUS for Change Spirit Award presented to Marcus’ alma-matter, Stamford High School. Stamford High was recognized as the Stamford Public School with the highest percentage of affiliated participants, receiving a trophy and a $500 donation to the school’s PTO.

The focus on the “mind” was incorporated by the Stamford Public Schools’ STEMfest, which featured a variety of interactive activities focusing on science, technology, engineering, math and arts. More than 45 community partners participated, with activities including: making slime at a Kids Zone hosted by Kids Helping Kids, coding with Happy Coding, and foil boat experiments with Springdale Elementary School. The Mayor’s Multicultural Council’s International Dance Festival entertained the crowd and was followed by a Children’s Parade led by Mayor David Martin, signifying the community in “heart.”