Charlie Kozlesky is a runner with a cause. Over the past 18 years, he has raised more than $190,000 for children by doing what he loves, running.
Mr. Kozlesky, a 44-year-old consultant for the Ohio Department of Education's division of federal assistance, laced up his running shoes again last month. The cause this time: to raise money for the education of homeless children.
His five-day, 256-mile run from Cleveland to Cincinnati raised more than $5,000 in donations and pledges for Action for Children and Youth in Transition, a project of the Cleveland school district that provides schooling for children who live in shelters and temporary housing. Mr. Kozlesky averaged 50 miles each day, despite rain, snow, hail, and high winds.
"It was absolutely difficult," said Mr. Kozlesky, whose past long-distance runs have raised money for hospitalized children. But it was worth the publicity the project received, he said. "The key was to bring out public awareness and concern."
There are an estimated 18,000 school-age children in the Cleveland area who are homeless. The district's project is able to help about 6,000 children, said Mr. Kozlesky, a former elementary teacher and principal.
He said the money he raised will be used to buy school supplies and materials for children in Cleveland shelters.
Corkin F. Cherubini, the superintendent of the Calhoun County, Ga., schools, has received the 1996 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for working to dismantle academic-tracking practices that he said amounted to "educational apartheid."
Soon after Mr. Cherubini was elected the superintendent of the 1,200-student district in 1992, he invited the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights to evaluate the legality of practices that, among other things, created white-majority kindergarten classes in the black-majority district. (See Education Week, Dec. 14, 1994.)
The OCR found that Calhoun County's practices were in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The award was established in 1989 by the Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston to honor examples of political courage in contemporary public life. Mr. Cherubini will receive a $25,000 prize and a silver lantern that symbolizes the ideals of the Profiles in Courage Award.
--Adrienne D. Coles
Vol. 15, Issue 36