April 17, 2013 | 609 views
Educators endure a rigorous challenge
District 24 staff races for charity
Staff members in District 24’s three elementary schools take great pride in working hard to educate students in the classroom, but their dedication doesn’t stop when the school day ends. Twelve educators from the district also taught by example last weekend.
Teachers, administrators and support staff from the William L. Buck, Brooklyn Avenue and Robert W. Carbonaro schools took part in the Spartan Race on April 13 at Citi Field and raised money for a good cause along the way.
Leading up to the event, and through the end of April, money is being raised to benefit the Sunrise Day Camp in Oceanside. The camp is for children ages 3 to 16 with cancer. It is designed to meet the emotional, social, recreational and physical needs of these children while allowing them to enjoy the comforts and safety of their own homes at night.
Jeannie Gavigan, an ESL teacher at Buck, played a key role in organizing District 24’s participation in the event and said the reason why Sunrise Day Camp was chosen as its charity is because a kindergartner in the district attends the camp.
The three buildings principals participated in the race, which featured dozens of obstacles, and because of its stadium setting, plenty of stairs. Buck Principal Mark Onorato has competed in several other obstacle course races and said he advised some of the people who were running a race of this nature for the first time on stretching and hydrating beforehand. One of his favorite parts of the event was climbing a rope toward the end of the three-mile course and ringing a bell at the top. He said everyone worked together, which made the race all the more special.
“It feels like you’re accomplishing something not just for yourself, but you’re doing it for your community,” Onorato said. “The community is a family and we all work together just like in school and do what’s best for everyone.”
Dr. Scott Comis, principal at Brooklyn Avenue, has ran in many traditional races, but this was his first Spartan Race. “It was rigorous course,” he said, “one that required a team effort and one that was certainly rewarding.”