12th Annual 5KDub

Olander Park, Sylvania

Tuesday, May 15


 Calling All Superheroes!

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, each having incredible powers to help others in need. Karen Weeks was a superhero, suiting up each morning to help our children grow and learn. Even when diagnosed with cancer in 2000, she continued to walk and show her physical and mental strength to the West Side community until she lost her battle in 2005.

This year marks the 12th annual Family Fun 5KDub event which helps fund the Karen Weeks Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship are also everyday heroes and must exhibit all the traits of a true Montessori child; have a love of learning, respect for the environment, and be a keeper of peace.

We ask you to join us in honoring our heroes and support scholarships for students at WSM. Please consider attending the event to be held Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Olander Park (Nederhouser building). The event will have family fun activities for children of all ages including games, a DJ, and dinner. Dress as your favorite superhero and join the crowd for our 5K walk/run too! There will be a special area for LH and CH fun!


Karen WeeksRemembering Karen

Karen Weeks was an admired and cherished teacher at WSM from 1988 until 2005. She was always there for the parents: to advise, coach, praise, and with their help, mold their children into great people.

Her passion was to instill in her children a love of learning. She built minds, but she also helped to build character, self-esteem, and self-respect.

In 2000 Karen found out she had breast cancer. She and her family both at home and at West Side, handled her illness with courage and hope. She fought hard and continued to teach until she lost her battle in 2005.

Karen wanted to leave her mark at West Side and requested in her will that a scholarship be established in her name. Because Karen walked at Olander with her friends and loved ones, both before and during her illness, it was decided to create an event at Olander called the "5KDUB," after KDub, Karen's nickname.

For the last nine years a scholarship has been awarded to a child at the event whom the staff feels symbolizes all the best characteristics of a Montessori student.

We thank you for your contributions and hope you continue to support this cause. We look forward to seeing you at next year's KDub!