On April 27, 2018 students, teachers, staff, grandparents, and siblings took part in our annual Jog-a-Thon to raise funds for a great cause, a rich and challenging education for all the students at NSCS. The Jog-a-Thon was held at both our Lynn and Beverly Campuses after a postponement due to snow on our original date! We were blessed today with mild weather and the rain held off till almost every group had a chance to run. Students chose to run, jog, walk, skip and some even danced their way around the course. Even our youngest learners took part in a shortened version of the 20 minute run. This years theme was “Running with Endurance” based on Scripture from Hebrew 12:1.
Hebrew 12:1 The Race of Faith
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
On the Lynn Campus the event began in the morning with our preschool students giving it their all as they ran laps around the school. They proudly wore their event shirts and started strong. Students in the upper grades cheered and encouraged them as they ran for “Their school, God and themselves,” as one student put it. In the afternoon the lower and upper elementary as well as our oldest students in middle school took their turn during their 20 minute time slot. What struck observers the most was the camaraderie and encouragement that each student had for the runners whether it was a pat on the back, a high five or an encouraging word to keep going. Some students walked with friends while others helped and urged on younger members of the school.
On the Beverly Campus the scene was similar in that the students donned their Jog-a-Thon shirts and different colored bandanas for each grade while they waited patiently for their turn to run. They enjoyed inspiring music while Ms. Grant, our physical education teacher, guided the group with stretches and warm ups so they could do their best. Again, as with the Lynn Campus, students encouraged each other with signs and posters for fellow runners. When a student looked like they were ready to give up there was always a high five or an encouraging word from other NSCS students. State Representative and fellow runner, Jerald Parisella not only cheered on the students but also used his Boston Marathon running skills to join in the event with the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this day amazing; from the moms and dads who handed our snacks and waters to the organizers of the post run festivities. Thank you to all who supported our school community.