Saint Patrick’s Day 5K raises funds for Marshfield Education Foundation

On Saturday morning, more than 3,400 people donned their green attire and laced up their running shoes to participate in the 7th annual Saint Patrick’s Day 5K.

“I just love it because it’s a Marshfield tradition, and I think it’s really cool that we get to be a part of this,” Furnace Brook Middle School student Lana Junior said.

Junior was wearing green pom poms in her hair and her friend Maggie Barrett wore a green sparkle hat and a fake mustache that was colored like the Irish flag.

While many came out to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and have fun, the event also raised $80,000 for the Marshfield Education Foundation, which funds innovative programs and initiatives in the schools.

The foundation awarded 16 educational grants totaling $105,990 this past school year, which paid for programming such as the district-wide Trait Crate Plus program which develops reading and writing skills, the Money Fair at Marshfield High School, which teaches financial responsibility, and enhancing the outdoor classroom at Eames Way Elementary School.

The Grant Committee reviews the grant applications, which are submitted by school staff, and makes recommendations to the board of directors. The committee considers whether the grants fund programs that will have a significant impact on student learning, that promote creative and innovative learning and aren’t funded through the operating budget.

Superintendent Jeff Granatino ran the race this year with his daughter Kelly, and said he was excited to support the cause.

“The stuff that they do for our teachers and students is amazing,” Granatino said. “So a race like today brings in a lot of the revenue they use to give out grants for the teachers and our teachers do amazing things with those grants. We’re just happy to support the MEF today.”

Other families, like the Debby, David and Colleen Richardson family, ran or walked in support or in memory of someone. The Richardsons were remembering John Loughran, who died in a work-related accident in 2014.

The Kielty family came out to the event, wearing all sorts of shamrocks and green accessories.

The boys, Aiden, Chase and Gavin loved to see the dogs dressed up for Saint Patrick’s Day.

“I like all the doggies racing!” Gavin said.

Follow Kaila Braley on Twitter @MarinerKaila.

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