Posted: May 15, 2021 / 5:55 pm CDT
Updated: May 15, 2021 / 5:55 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Even when it rains, lessons on perseverance are not overlooked for Mike Mancini.

The Wendell Phillips Academy teacher and trainer in Bronzeville is on a mission.

He’s running a marathon and raising money online for a new science, technology, engineering and math department, or STEM, at the school.

“Access to this type of education is critical to the economy of the 21st century for our children in this underserved community,” he said.

Until last fall, Mancini didn’t even own a pair of running shoes. But it didn’t stop him from going the distance to help his student get a leg up in the world.

So far the He set up GoFundMeWith a goal of $ 250,000, just under $ 60,000 was raised. Like so many other things, raising this type of money is a marathon, not a sprint.

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