Students from Benton Hall Academy in Little Falls and Fisher Elementary School in Mohawk will participate in a project to honor the memory of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.
During the week of May 13 students will make donations with the money going to the Richard Family Fund. Martin’s mother and sister were badly injured in the April 15 attack and the moneys raised will help with the family’s medical expenses and recovery.
Each donor will receive an “I Remembered Martin” sticker, said Herkimer County Hunger Coalition Founder Ray Lenarcic. He added the coalition would match donations up to $500 and invited other elementary schools in the area to join in the endeavor.
“We’re extremely grateful to Joe Long and Lisa Rice at Benton Hall Academy and Fran Brewer at Fisher Elementary School for spearheading this event and to the faculty, staff and students at the schools for participating,” said Lenarcic.
Rice said Benton Hall students and staff would participate in a mini marathon on Wednesday, May 15, to make the fundraising fun. The marathon will be a walk around Eastern Park, with a rain date of Thursday, May 16, added Long.
“Any donation would be appreciated — coins and dollars — no amount will be too small,” said Rice, a first-grade teacher. “Anyone who can help, in any way, should, as the money raised from this effort will benefit the victims and their families.”
In addition to making donations to the Richard Family Fund, Lenarcic said students at the two schools would make cards for Martin’s brother and sister. Specifically, he said boy students would make cards for 12-year-old Henry Martin and girl students would make cards for seven-year-old Jane Martin, who lost a leg in the explosion.
“It’s an opportunity for the students to let Henry, Jane and the entire Richard family know they are thinking about them,” said Lenarcic.
Schools wishing to join the effort are asked to call 866-7765.
Anyone interested in contributing to the cause may make a check payable to the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition and mail it to P.O. Box 622, Herkimer, NY 13350.
Donations are tax deductible, said Lenarcic.
He added the schools will complete the project in the memory of two Fallen Stars, men and women from New York State who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Benton Hall Academy and Fisher Elementary School participated in a similar project in 2011 to honor Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl who was killed in the Tucson shooting that injured U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords.