Ridge Central Fundraising

Ridge Central raises money every year through our Character Counts Walk-a-thon. Each year the Character Counts! Committee chooses a group to support with the money raised by the students. The Walk-a-thon always takes place at the end of September. Students that raise $40 or more earn a drawstring backpack. 

In 2019 Ridge Central Students and Staff raised over $1260.00 for the Advocate Center for Breast Care in memoriam of our Ms. "D"!

13th Annual 
Character Counts! Walk-A-Thon
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 1:30pm

Students attending District 127.5 will be participating in our annual walk-a-thon.  Money raised will be used to support the District's Character Counts! program, as well as to provide support to  the Oak Lawn Advocate Center for Breast Care in honor of all women that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, including current and former staff.   Donations will help to provide free mammograms, a blanket warmer, and programs and education. 

Why teach character?

A person’s “character” is the summation of his or her habits, attitudes and attributes. Because those qualities are learned, they can also be purposefully taught.  And they should be - because good character doesn’t happen automatically, and it’s too important to be left to chance. The effectiveness and well-being of individuals, their organizations and their society depend on it.


CHARACTER COUNTS! is the most widely implemented approach to character education, reaching millions of youth. CHARACTER COUNTS! is:

*A framework based on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character : trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. 

*Embraced by thousands of schools, communities, public agencies and nonprofit organizations for a simple reason - it works. These groups receive support and development from a national office, which offers training programs, free e-newsletters, resources and free consultation. 

*Nonprofit, not religious or political (though used by both secular and faith-based groups, and supported by public officials of both major parties). 

*Not a curriculum or add-on, but a powerful means to advance curricular and behavioral goals.

Information about Advocate Center for Breast Care

Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, provides patients convenient access to high-level, comprehensive care. We are committed to using the most advanced breast imaging technology to provide an early and accurate diagnosis.  Services provided include mammograms, ultrasound, bone scans, and patient education.

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Advocate Center for Breast Care – Oak Lawn
Phone:  (708) 684-1000
Website: https://locations.advocatehealth.com/advocate-christ-center-for-breast-care-oak-lawn-il


2018 Walk-a-thon Fundraiser supported Autism Speaks!

Information about Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

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Phone:  (888) 288-4762
Website: www.autismspeaks.org


2017 Walk-a-thon Fundraiser supported St. Baldrick's!

Information about St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest private (non-government) funder of childhood cancer research grants.   By funding cooperative research through the Children’s Oncology Group, they give kids nationwide access to the very latest in research and clinical trials.

Saint Baldrick's Foundation for Children's Cancer

Phone: 888-899-2253
Website: www.stbaldricks.org