Running for Literacy

400 runners and their families gathered at Smith Point Beach on Saturday, September 6, 2014, for the 14th annual Empire National Bank Smith Point Bridge 5K Run for Literacy.

Proceeds help support the Mastic Shirley Community Library’s Family Literacy Project, the William Floyd High School Scholarship Fund, and the Reach Out and Read program at the Marilyn Shellabargar South Brookhaven Family Health Center.

The Community Family Literacy Project, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote family literacy in the Mastic-Shirley area.  It was created exclusively to provide both out-reach and in-house programs and services that encourage and support literacy for all ages.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, MASTIC BEACH, NY- Nicole Ferguson, 16, accepts her award for first place in the women’s division. Photo by Valerie Polite
SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, MASTIC BEACH- Ilya Wilson, 17, dominated the mens division winning first place with a time of 17:44. Photo by Valerie Polite
SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, MASTIC BEACH, NY-Volunteers hand out envelopes with runners name and registration information as the runners register and prepare for the race. Photo by Valerie Polite
SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, MASTIC BEACH, NY- The gun went off at the Smith Point 5K Run for Literacy and more than 400 registered runners took off. Photo by Valerie Polite
SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, MASTIC BEACH, NY – Runners of the Smith Point Bridge 5K Run for Literacy cool off under the beach showers after crossing the finish line. Photo by Valerie Polite
SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, MASTIC BEACH, NY- Runners near the finish line surrounded by spectators cheering them on. Photo by Valerie Polite



About valeriepolite

Valerie Polite has had a passion for writing since elementary school. She spent most of her early years writing short stories and poetry and spent her first year of college studying English education. It was soon after completing her second semester she discovered her love of journalism and reporting. Now she is a semester away from graduation Suffolk County Community College with her Associates degree and plans to transfer to Stony Brook to pursue her degree even further.

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