The weather was perfect on Saturday, June 6, when nearly 200 students, faculty and community supporters took to the surrounding neighborhood of Metea Valley High School for the annual Metea L.I.F.E. 5K. This year the student and faculty organizers invited Family Shelter Service and Mutual Ground domestic violence agencies to join them. With teen dating violence affecting nearly one in four young people, agencies had the opportunity to provide program and service information to the attendees. Participants enjoyed sandwiches and race shirts provided by Jimmy John’s, Pebblewood Lane, Naperville.
The race’s “L.I.F.E.” moniker is an acronym for Live with integrity, Inspire passion for learning, Foster positive relationships and Expect equity and excellence for all. This is the foundation of the school’s belief system and was evident in the student organizers and volunteers who worked hard to make this event a success and demonstrate their commitment to raising awareness on the issue of teen dating violence and to giving back to their community. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Family Shelter Service, as well as Mutual Ground, which provides domestic abuse services in Kane and Kendall counties.
From left to right: Karen Walsh, Family Shelter Service Special Events Coordinator; Tykia Young, Family Shelter Service Prevention Educator; Sarah Hipp, Mutual Ground, and Judie Caribeaux, Family Shelter Service Executive Director.