Seacoast Education Association (SEA) Teachers have formed a nonprofit fundraising organization, THINK (Teachers Helping Individuals, Neighbors, and Kids). This Thanksgiving Day, THINK will run the second annual “Dash to the SEA” Road Race and Walk.
The running course is 5 miles and starts at Hampton Academy. New this year: There will be a 5k walking course that turns off 1 mile into the route to make it more user friendly for non-runners, senior citizens and families. (Please make note that this is only for walkers, we are not offering a 5k for runners).
To register for the race:
Last year THINK’s “Turkey Dash to the SEA” raised $4,750 for: Hampton Academy Class Trip Fund for Needy Families; The Hampton Academy Giving Tree providing holiday gifts to students families who are less fortunate; Hobbs House; Families First. This year we are hoping for $6,000.
We absolutely still need volunteers to help on the race course.
Below is the link for volunteer sign up for the Dash to the Sea as well as race registration. There are several ways that members can help:
1- Sign up to walk or run! We’d love to have a lot of teachers participating. Even if you can’t participate, you can sign up as a donation.
2- Volunteer to assist during the race. It is a two hour commitment. You will be done before 10am.
3- Volunteer a baked good. We really need donations to feed the runners (and volunteers) after the race. We have some great business donations, but the baked good table offers a personal touch. We are looking for breads, muffins, pastries, etc.
Do the organizers run? Generally only one, John Croteau from WHS. The others are needed with race prep. Several of us are runners and provide a lot of input.
How many teachers are running? Several teachers throughout SAU 90 and SAU 21 are signed up to walk or run. We expect as many as 20.
Benefit to students? We have many students either running or helping. We feel it teaches them the importance of community service and also the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. Running 5 miles is extremely challenging. In order to accomplish this, students have obviously done the right thing in terms of training and nutrition. This is a great message that goes well beyond what they could learn from hearing it in a classroom.
Our biggest challenge? It’s a very time consuming activity pulling everything together. Since teachers organize this, it’s often difficult to get everyone together regularly with their demanding schedules.
What we enjoy most? We love bringing the community together on a family oriented holiday to celebrate together. We feel that this is a perfect event since our ultimate goal is to help Hampton area families. In addition, we love providing a road race for residents in the area so that they don’t have to travel far for their race.