Cookies and Cocoa 5k Race supports CTE students and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

More than 400 people registered to participate in the race, an increase of 50 participants from the previous year according to the school district’s director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Jennifer Wood. 

Wood remarked, “We had 350 runners last year, and the first year, in 2020, we had around 300 runners. It’s exciting to see the increase in just three short years.” 

The resources raised by the event support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Buford’s Career and Technical Education students who travel to compete at region, state, and national competitions in their Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). 

Those chapters include (DECA) Distributive Education Clubs of America, FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), SkillsUSA, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), TSA (Technology Student Association) and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). These competitions are hosted during the school year and often require travel accommodations along with an entry fee. 

Medals were presented to overall female and male winners after the race. The 1st and 2nd place male and female in each age group also received medals