Hopes run high at sophomore class 5K fundraiser

Oct 6, 2019

The Dartmouth High Class of 2022 is already dreaming big about Senior Week.

This year’s sophomores are hoping to rent out the Spirit of Boston for a cruise of Boston Harbor for their senior prom.

And on Sunday morning, they held a 5K fundraiser at the high school to help get them further towards that goal.

Around 85 runners — with family members for support turned out on the day, ranging in age from 13 to over 70.

Afterwards there was an awards ceremony for the fastest finishers, complete with post-race music and refreshments for all.

Sixteen trophies were handed out at the ceremony. The top runners overall were Westport resident Mary Cass and David Hawkins of Dartmouth.

“I think it went really well,” said class advisor Jessica Lassey. “We were fairly organized, and we had a lot of support from local businesses sponsoring the event, and families as well.”

Class president Charles Fairfax stayed behind to help out instead of running. 

“I helped supervise,” he said. “I think it went really well. We got a lot of last minute registrations, and that really helped boost our profits. It was fun!”

Lassey noted that the sophomores put it all together within a month.

Although they don’t yet know exactly how much was raised, Lassey put the figure at nearly $2,500.

“They are probably the most productive group I’ve had in a long time as class officers,” she said. “So we’re really ahead of the game...They’re very motivated. And actually very consistent, passionate. I could not ask for better officers,” she said.

“Thanks,” responded Fairfax with a grin.

He went on to say that the class will be holding a spikeball tournament fundraiser in November.

“It’s a net on the ground, propped up...It’s like a mini-trampoline,” Fairfax explained. “And you have a ball, and you spike it down to the other team.”

And those who participated in the run seemed to enjoy themselves.

“It was fun,” said eighth grader Kayla McGee, who ran with her Dartmouth High sophomore sister Shea to support her class.

Dartmouth resident Kim Gibson from the New Bedford Track Club also said that she enjoyed the event.

“It was awesome,” she said. “It was a great course, it was very well run, very well organized.”