Family supports River Forest woman’s passion for school tech
The Terri Race Education Technology Fund has donated five iPads to the Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park. The association had a goal to teach technology to the 3- to 11-year-old children there. | Contributed photo
The Oct. 14 event starts at Lincoln Elementary School, 511 N. Park Ave. in River Forest. A $20 entry fee is required and all proceeds will go to the Terri Race Education Technology Fund. Participants will also receive a free shirt.
Updated: November 26, 2012 2:21AM
RIVER FOREST — Terri Race’s children are working to make sure her passion for educational technology is kept alive.
After the former River Forest resident died from leukemia in December 2010, her four children co-founded the Terri Race Education Technology Fund. The non-profit organization’s goal is to promote technology in the classroom for educational purposes.
“I give credit to my kids,” husband Charles Race said. “They came up with the idea and were motivated to making it happen.”
To support the organization and honor their mother, the family has organized “Terri’s Race,” a 3K walk, run, and roller blade event around River Forest from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 14. Participants will take the same route Race used to roller blade.
“My mother was a huge advocate of exercise,” Nathan Race said. “She’d constantly be roller blading around River Forest and Oak Park. That’s how the idea of the race started.”
“She was taken from us so suddenly,” daughter Mariel Race said. “We can’t think of a better way to honor her.”
Race attended Irving Elementary and Oak Park River Forest High School. She became technology aide for River Forest District 90 in 2000 and encouraged students to use and understand technology.
“Terri loved, just loved, her job,” her husband said. “She enjoyed working with students and teachers and installing all the latest gadgets.”
District 90 has declared Dec. 1 as Terri’s Day. Both technology labs at Willard and Lincoln elementary schools are also dedicated in her name.
“My mom was a huge believer that both students and teachers should understand technology and use it for educational purposes,” Mariel Race said.
“She helped us to realize that it starts with the teachers and getting them to use technology in their classrooms,” daughter Tasia Race said.
The fund has already made three donations this year.
A sophomore student at Golder College Prep in Chicago, where Mariel Race works as a teacher, received a scholarship to visit the California College of the Arts for three weeks and experience the campus. He plans to study digital arts there.
The fund has also donated five iPads to Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park. The association had a goal to teach technology to the 3- to 11-year-old children there.
“The children have had little to no interaction with technology,” Hephzibah Development Director Molly Philosophos said.
The Hephzibah children are now interacting and learning with their iPads.
“If we don’t teach them about technology now, they will just fall further behind in their education,” Philosophos said.
The fund also donated a new Smart Board to Irving Elementary School’s library in Oak Park.
“We believed the library was the best place for the Smart Board because, this way, all the children get to enjoy it,” Irving Librarian Katie Noonan said.
The fund has raised about $20,000 so far, Nathan Race said, and hopes to raise more through the race and future endeavors.
“We are devoted and committed to a broader platform,” he said.