On April 18, 2016, I will be running the Boston Marathon on behalf of DREAMFAR High School Marathon. DREAMFAR is a charity whose mission is “To challenge high school students to reach their full potential - physically, socially, emotionally, and academically - through a mentor-supported marathon training program.” As a high school special education teacher, coach, and runner, I am incredibly honored to be part of the DREAMFAR Team and am inspired by their commitment to instill a sense of community among their students. Donations fund items like running shoes, race fees, winter weather gear, and uniforms for students. I am committed to raising $8,000 to support DREAMFAR’s vision. I believe that together we can make a difference in the lives of these students, both now and in the future.
Students in DREAMFAR represent 10 high schools in the Greater Boston area. The original DREAMFAR team comprised of 9 students who ran the Cox Providence Marathon in Rhode Island. Today, 200 students have run the Providence Marathon with DREAMFAR. Additionally, to date, 100% of DREAMFAR’s students have graduated high school, and 95% have enrolled in college. Student engagement and success in school relies heavily on motivation and pride in one’s self. I cannot think of a better way to feel pride than to accomplish something that so few people have done. These students will train, learn, struggle, and overcome many barriers between now and April, but in the end, they will make themselves and their whole team proud simply by crossing the finish line.
I have run two marathons, and by doing such, I gained a tremendous amount of respect for runners of all ages and abilities. Running a marathon takes courage, dedication, sacrifice, and heart. DREAMFAR supports students in building a foundation as leaders and role models by training them to empower themselves and their teammates by setting healthy, achievable goals, one stride at a time. DREAMFAR creates experiences and provides opportunities for students to help develop a sense of self, enjoy camaraderie, and build community, and these invaluable lessons require continued commitment. It is my goal to help DREAMFAR and all of the students enrolled reach their potential and beyond.
Thank you all for your love, generosity and support. I will carry each of you with me along the 26.2 miles of Boston 2016.
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