For the third year in a row, I'm proud to be serving as a mentor to high school students as part of DREAMFAR High School Marathon, an organization that challenges high school students to reach their full potential--physically, socially, emotionally, and academically--through a mentor-supported marathon training program.
Please consider making a donation to my fundraiser on behalf of DREAMFAR. The organization relies entirely on grants and fundraising to support its mission. Students particpate at no cost (it takes $1500 to support just one student), and mentors pay only their race entry fees. In addition, DREAMFAR assists students with running apparel and shoes. Your donation will ensure DREAMFAR's work can continue in future years. The students greatly appreciate you help. Thanks for your support!
Keep reading for more information about the organization, and be sure to watch the video and check out the pictures of the kids and me here on my page!
High School is one of life’s most challenging times. Students experience confusion, insecurity, and constant pressure. It’s all too easy to fall off the pace and withdraw.
DREAMFAR High School Marathon helps students build confidence, skills, and lasting friendships at this crucial moment in their lives. Launched in 2008, the program challenges students of all abilities and backgrounds to accomplish something exceptional: train for and run a marathon. In its first eight years, DREAMFAR has helped over 500 students from 15 Boston area high schools across the finish line.
Founded at Newton South High School by Jamie Chaloff, a special education teacher, DREAMFAR is suited for students of all sorts. Students who excel. Students who feel lost. Even students at risk. The formula is simple. You show up. You work hard. You have fun. Students train together from October to May, with volunteer adult mentors who serve as role models. On Saturdays, the entire cohort runs together. In May, they line up in their DREAMFAR colors at the start of the Providence Marathon. 26.2 tough miles later, they celebrate at the finish.
DREAMFAR is the only high school marathon program in New England. It teaches students how to focus, helps them makes friends, and keeps them fit and healthy. Most of all, it’s fun. Mile after mile, day after day, DREAMFAR students discover an inner strength that will guide them through their years in school, and through the years beyond.