Students in grades K-6 took part in the Benton Hall Academy Mini-Marathon fundraiser where they walked several laps around Eastern Park on Thursday afternoon in honor of Martin Richard, the eight-year boy who was one of three killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.
First-grade teacher Lisa Rice came up with the idea for the fundraiser as way to teach students about staying positive and helping families in a time of need.
“What happened during the Boston Marathon was a tragic end to an event that is supposed to be about having fun and achieving goals, and I want the children to remember the event as it should be,” she said.
“The Mini-Marathon fundraiser is way for the students to experience what it’s like to participate in a marathon and they are really excited to take part in the walk and help others,” Rice added.
“I’m so proud of the students and staff for doing their best. They always step up and love helping people in need they don’t even know,” said Benton Hall Principal Joe Long.
The students began raising money for the cause last week and Thursday was the final day of the fundraiser.
“Fundraising is a great way to help those affected by the tragedy and the students love to do anything that involves helping others. Even those who don’t have much will find a way to do something to help,” said Rice.
The Mini-Marathon raised a total of $254.81, which will go toward the victims and the families who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.