We're NOT racing this year ... but there's still a party!

11:30 a.m., Sunday, September 16 

Picnic & Party on the Lawn!

 Church of the Holy Communion

4645 Walnut Grove Road

Food  Games  Face Painting  Balloon Artist  Music  Door Prizes

You’ll get a commemorative race T-shirt, plenty to eat and time
to enjoy the fun and fellowship. 
If you can’t attend the party, sign up as a spirit participant,
sponsor a child or make a donation.
Sign up here and make a difference in the lives of Shelby County children and youth.
All proceeds go to Books from Birth and Emmanuel Center

Church of the Holy Communion and St. Mary's Episcopal School are building a new gymnasium and wellness center. With our construction project taking up so much of our space, Church of the Holy Communion will be hosting the Book It Zero K this year.

Over the past seven years, the Book It 5K has raised $176,600, which has been split evenly between the Emmanuel Center and Books from Birth.

Since our charities don't take a year off from their work, we're inviting all to join us for a party on the church lawn so we can continue to support them through our year of construction. The children and youth from the Emmanuel Center will join the fun as we celebrate Books from Birth and the Emmanuel Center and the generosity of our many longtime sponsors and participants.

Books from Birth, now a program of Porter-Leath, promotes kindergarten readiness for children from birth through age 5 by providing a new, age-appropriate book each month at no cost to the family. Presently, the the program serves more than 47,000 children, which represents more than 70 percent of children in Shelby County under age 5. As the local and largest affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and in partnership with the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, Books from Birth creates literacy connections for families. These connections help nurture bonds between caregivers and children and help provide preschoolers a foundation for future academic success.

The Emmanuel Center, Inc. serves more than 2,000 individuals each year through programs that inspire spiritual, physical and educational growth. The Emmanuel Center serves people who live in some of the poorest communities in the nation by equipping the children to reach their God-given potential. Our vision is hope, education and success for all children. The Emmanuel Center is changing lives and feels blessed to provide resources to the underprivileged. They know that these resources propel people out of poverty and into greatness.


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