Last fall, Mr. Krebs, a teacher at Brighton High School, approached me and asked for my help organizing a school-wide 5K. I thought it sounded like a great idea and agreed to help him in whatever way he needed. We decided the event could benefit the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) team and what better way to promote positive school climate and community than with a race?
After months of collaboration, we were approaching race day fast. Things were falling into place and we started promoting the race all over the school. We were able to register close to 150 participants and thanks to a generous donation from New Balance, we were able to let students register at no cost.
We were fortunate to receive donations from many local organizations that contributed to helping us off set the costs of the event, provide prizes, and provide entertainment (Thanks Amp 103.3!).
Before we knew it, race day was here! We had a beautiful day and as students showed up to help volunteer, register, and run – the atmosphere was exciting and immensely positive.
The 5k was such a positive experience for all involved! It gave students, teachers, staff, administrators, families, and others the chance to see each other in a new environment and support each other in new ways. There were so many smiles, high fives, and cheers that everyone left feeling great!
And, in a nice turn of events, Mr. Krebs secured 1st place by outrunning everyone!
We are already planning next year’s 5K and we are so excited about making this a growing tradition for our school community.
Laura Shachmut is a school psychologist for Boston Public Schools who has served at Brighton High School since 2007.