This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Chester A. Arthur School students Jasmine Strickland (left, gray jacket) and Laila Barnes (right, white shirt) cross the finish line in the eighth annual Southwestern Center City 5K run at Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter Streets. Nearly 300 people took part in this year’s event, which was held on Oct. 31.
The event also featured the inaugural “Spooky Sprint,” a short race aimed at children under 6 years old, with prizes for best costume. Both runs raised money for the Friends of Chester Arthur (FoCA), a nonprofit organization sponsoring projects at the school, including playground revitalization work, arts programs, and the purchase of computers for classrooms.