More than 350 Cross the Finish Line to Support WEOF!


Demonstrating their strong WISS spirit and generosity, more than 350 Wissahickon students, parents, staff and community members participated in the first annual WEOF to the Races 5K and Walk/Fun Run on November 15. The event, sponsored by the Wissahickon Educational Opportunities Foundation (WEOF) to support Wissahickon students, included staff and families from every school in the district.

In total, 264 people registered to run the 5K course that wound around the Lower Gwynedd Elementary/WMS/WHS neighborhood and 97 people participated in the walk/fun run around the WHS Stadium track.

“This first annual event was a great success made possible by the support of our Wissahickon school community and area businesses who sponsored the 5K,” said Pat Latimer, Co-President of WEOF. “The money we raised will help enhance educational opportunities for students across the district. Everyone should be proud of their contribution to WEOF to the Races.”

There were many winners of the day. In addition to the students who will benefit from WOEF-funded programs/activities, there were individual race winners in different categories as follows:

  • Overall Male/Female Winner (based on race time): Scott Landis and Lotte Black
  • Under 13:  Brendan Fry and Tess Crossan
  • Ages 13-19: Joshua Jackson and Carly Ukalovic
  • Ages 20-40: Jason White and Shelley Uthgennant
  • Over 40: Tony Parrado and Cheri Quesenberry
  • Wissahickon Employees (M/F): Scott Landis and Shelly Uthgennant

In a WSD School vs. School competition to see which school could recruit the highest staff participation, Central Office, Wissahickon Middle School, and Lower Gwynedd Elementary came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Way to go!


WEOF recognizes and thanks Mr. Jason Bialka, WMS Language Arts teacher, and Bryn Mawr Racing Company for donating and managing the race registration, management and timing services. Mr. Bialka’s expertise in race management was priceless. WEOF also thanks the four WHS students who helped organize WEOF to the Races as part of their graduation project, Fiona Kelly, Becca Hong, Elyse Kauffman and Arielle Goldberg. These students helped with the planning, promotion, solicitation of gifts and participants and race day logistics and organization. The event would not have been possible without their support. Additionally, WEOF thanks the student volunteers from the Key Club and National Honor Society who served as course marshals and helped with registration.

WEOF extends thanks and gratitude to the event sponsors whose contributions will support innovative programs ranging from technology to the arts. Sponsors included:

CUM LAUDE SPONSORS ($250 Donation)
Blue-Bell-PT Blue-Bell-Inn born-to-run
Bryn Mawr Racing Logo Foulkeways bergeys-ford
Scoogies sports-unlimited west-german-bmw
 prescott-for-web  NULOOK-for-web  Huntington-YTS-logo
 The Bracaglia Family
Milana Polishuk
 Life is Good

WEOF also thanks ALL WSD staff, parents, students and members of the community who participated in WEOF to the Races, including Glenside Elementary School who registered 50 4th grade boys involved in Let Me Run – a running program for pre-teen and teenage boys, led by trained coaches in the community.

WEOF Raffle is Here Again with $900 in Prizes!

Buy some raffle tickets and support WEOF!

1st drawing November 15, 2015 Prize: $100 gift card
2nd drawing December 15, 2015 Prize: $100 gift card
3rd drawing January 19, 2016 Prize: $100 gift card
4th drawing February 16, 2016 Prize: $100 gift card
Grand Prize drawing March 4, 2016 Prize: $500 gift card

Tickets are good for all drawings (that have not already occurred). The earlier you buy, the more chances you have to win! If you win, you get the prize and then your ticket goes back into the bin for future drawings!


Congratulations to our first WEOF Raffle Winner; Ms. Roe George! She won a $100 gift card AND her winning ticket goes back in the bin for future drawings.

Our Community Honors Wissahickon Teachers

As the school year closes, many families are choosing to say “thank you” to the staff of Wissahickon schools for their dedication to giving our students a great education.
Download a Staff Tribute Form to make a donation to WEOF in honor of a Wissahickon staff member who has made a positive impact on your child.

Teachers honored in 2014-2015 include:

Christine Brandt
Thomas Carosello
Jennifer Castor
John Conahan
Melissa Hecht
Matthew Heppe
Katrina Kelly
Maureen Kroener
Concetta Lupo
Monika MacDermott
Charles McClelland
Anne McDonough
Mark Mulherin
Melisa Perlman
Cynthia Pronko
Whitney Yost

Trivia Night Raises over $11,000

Thank you to all our supporters! The WEOF Trivia Night Fundraiser held on Saturday, February 28th, was a huge success! Over $11,000 was raised to fund enriching programs in Wissahickon School District.