Survivor II Group at Community Programs participated in this year’s Jingle Bell Run / Walk as an opportunity to practice world citizenship and to give back to the community. The Jingle Bell Run / Walk is a 5K fun run that is raising awareness and support for research and treatment for individuals suffering from arthritis. Our students worked hard the week before the race, creating colorful holiday costumes and baking cookies for a bake sale. Going from office to office at both Jesse Lee and Maley Center campuses, the group was able to raise nearly $100 by selling their homemade baked goods.
Race day was a great experience for the group. The students participated in all the pre-race festivities, including face painting and the costume contest. They also had the opportunity to hear first hand about the ways arthritis can affect people of all ages when young. Race honoree NeKai Williams shared her journey battling arthritis with the racers. At 11:15 AM, the students joined the 500 other racers in their costumes to complete the 5K. Running and walking at intervals, the students completed the race in under an hour and celebrated their achievements with a hearty pizza lunch afterwards.
Overall, the students enjoyed the opportunity to participate in this community event and were proud of what they had been able to accomplish. Thank you to everyone who supported our students in this challenge. It certainly was a wonderful experience for them.
“Thank you for letting me do the fun run for the arthritis charity. I would suggest that you try out this fun activity. :-)” ~Student