St. John's supports marathon victims
Shrewsbury – The St. John's High School community gathered May 3 to show support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. As such, the school sponsored a “dress down” day where students could provide a donation to benefit the One Fund (OneFundBoston.org) in lieu of wearing their normal dress code clothes. Students and faculty were encouraged to wear Boston gear and marathon colors of blue and yellow.
After school, the entire St. John's community was invited to a brief prayer service and mile walk/run at the school's track. Math teacher Chris Benestad, who ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon and came in 328th place, spoke to the students about what he said was the “unbelievable solidarity and positivity that resulted not only in the Boston area but around the world from such a tragic event.”
Before the students and teachers circled the track, he echoed the words that came were said by many at the London Marathon, which was held just days after Boston: “Run if you can, walk if you must, but finish for Boston.”
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