During this school year alone, “Tower Tuesdays” at Concord Ox Bow Elementary School has raised around $800 to date. The children pay 50 cents to participate in a special spirit day each month. The last group to climb and remember the tower is the present fourth-graders who will move onto intermediate school this spring.
“The children have been an awesome inspiration,” said Larry Neff, director of the Elkhart County Parks. “By completing the tower before the next school year, we will once again ensure that all the children that have attended Concord Ox Bow Elementary will have had the opportunity to climb the Tower on their field trip during elementary school.”
The old tower was also a gathering place for many parents and grandparents to observe cross country meets at Ox Bow County Park. As a result, the Two Rivers Running Club have hosted three Tower Run 5Ks. The club will also help host the March for the Tower, which will include a Kid’s Fun Run. This event will be different pace than the past three runs, with a focus on a one-mile run for children in grades kindergarten through sixth. The March for the Tower will include a choice of a one-mile or three-mile walk, and the group invites people to gather their families, friends, and co-workers to come out and show their support for the Tower. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. the day of the event, with the walk and kid’s run starting at 2 pm near the Fisherman’s Camp Shelter at Ox Bow County Park. The minimum pledge is $10 per person. The event will be held snow, rain or shine.
All proceeds from the March for the Tower and Kids Fun Run will be donated to the Tower Fund and are tax deductable.