Santa Maria Sun / School Scene
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 9
Laps for Boston
BY CAMILLIA LANHAM
Loud. That’s the best way to describe Miller Elementary School’s field on May 2, when almost all 800 students ran and shouted their way around a course set up for a Boston Marathon fundraiser.
Each student didn’t run his or her own marathon, but at least 26 students per class ran one mile each, which is the equivalent of each class running its own marathon, said one of the organizers for the event, fifth-grade teacher Eric Aranda.
He said the goal of the fundraiser was for each kid at the school to raise $1 to help children injured in the bombing that shook the Boston Marathon. Although the final tally isn’t in yet, Aranda was confident that Miller’s marathon-fund was at well over $1,000.
And while the money covers the practical side of the fundraising effort, the run was more symbolic.
“We thought that the kids running the marathon as a class would be a good show of support,” Aranda said. “A lot of them asked why we are running and I told them to think of it as an honor and to think of [the injured] while they were running.”
For school counselor Gail Burgess, who grew up in Boston and helped spearhead the fundraising effort, it was a good learning experience for the kids.
“I think it’s good for the kids to know that they can be helpful even though they’re not close,” Burgess said. “That they can do good when something bad happens.”
Burgess is lucky enough to not know any victims of the incident, but said the tragedy hits close to home as her parents were on lockdown while police were rooting out the suspect, and she has a cousin at Boston Medical Center who worked on some of the victims.
Anyone who wants to donate to the cause can call Miller Elementary at 361-7560 or drop a check off at the school: 410 E. Camino Colegio, Santa Maria.