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It's time for the Cougar Literacy Run!!

Join us for this year’s Virtual Cougar Literacy Run! A beloved Manassas Park tradition, this year’s race will be held May 1-9. Print and mail in the registration or sign up on our race website to run, walk, or jog from anywhere and at any time. Last year, we had over 500 participants from all 50 states and 5 continents! Will we see your registration next?

About the event:

The Cougar Literacy Run is a community 5k and kids’ fun run to promote literacy and wellness for our students. Prior to race day, students at our Pre-K-5 buildings take part in a reading challenge. This year’s race, like in 2020, will be a week-long virtual event. Proceeds from the event go to purchasing print and digital resources to enhance literacy and integrate mathematics, science, and social studies learning at our Pre-K-5 campuses. Watch what a difference last year's race made.

Mission statement:

The Cougar Literacy Run’s mission is to encourage students to read every day, get excited exploring new books, and to feel successful when they accomplish their reading goals. Through community partnerships we are able to provide literacy resources for the 1600 Pre-K-5 students of Manassas Park, while promoting health and wellness.

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BELL Aims to Innovate!

One of the strongest assets of Manassas Park is the charm of a small-town feel in the busy, fast-paced environment of Northern Virginia. Besides the success of the schools, families and businesses are moving to Manassas Park to embrace that sense of community. At BELL, our goal is to work with our partners to provide increased support for the students of Manassas Park and to strengthen our community from within—beginning with our students.

BELL - the Education Foundation of Manassas Park - supports and promotes the mission of Manassas Park City Schools:
to cultivate and inspire our diverse school community to achieve academic excellence and
make positive connections to the global society.

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We embody the philosophy that all students can realize their ultimate potential through the support of strong relationships and educational opportunities.

We put money into the hands of teachers to immediately impact innovating teaching and learning practices each and every year!

BELL Grant recipients

We support STEM in all schools and award student scholarships for a variety of higher education needs.

We give you the opportunity to work directly with our teachers and students because relationships matter.

We welcome your partnership and support because our partners are an instrumental part of Manassas Park students' opportunities and successes.

JOIN US and Start Making a Difference Today!

Signature Events

Our signature events are heralded in the community for their unique approach in student, faculty, and community engagement. When we say "relationships matter", we mean it. No event is complete without our entire community!

Brunch with Bruce

Dr. C Bruce McDade

Join MPCS Superintendent Dr. C. Bruce McDade for the current year's State of the Schools address and enjoy entertainment by the MPCS Chamber Singers and food by our local Yorkshire Diner.

Dr. McDade with kids

A Round for Education

old hickory golf course

The final golf outing of the year brings you to Old Hickory Golf Club. The premiere upscale course in the D.C. area hosts our annual tournament, and contests, giveaways, and a silent auction makes the day that much sweeter!

Golf Carts at Old Hickory


Cougar Literacy Run & Community Expo

Literacy Run

Hundreds of families and businesses join us each year at the biggest event in Manassas Park. The specific goal is to raise funds to support literacy efforts at MPCS. Sign up for this year's race HERE!

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For more information on BELL, our signature events, or how to get involved, contact Executive Director Kristen Marbury at kristen.marbury@mpark.net.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU - thank you!