by Marc Smith, Principal – Forestdale School
After a few weeks of “training” we were all set to run. I was excited to share this otherwise solitary act with one of my kids. We showed up to the school about a 1/2 hour before the race, and while the weather was cool, cloudy and windy, the atmosphere was warm, inviting and energetic. Music and smiles from the PTA volunteers greeted us as we arrived. Sponsors had tables set up with information for families that support healthy living and families milled about in preparation for the start of the race.
As we gathered at the starting line, I couldn’t help but notice all the conversations going on between families. Some parents were making plans to meet their “springier” children at the finish or partnering them with friends, while others were reassuring younger runners that they could do it and that dad/mom would stay with them the whole time.
Once on the course, I was struck by the volunteers that supported this event all along the way. There were adults and children alike manning water stations, cheering and providing course directions (especially helpful for me). Anyone that has participated in running events knows that they can not happen without an army of volunteers; it was a powerful reminder to me of the amazing support networks we have here in Sandwich and the way the community rallies around its schools.
As we exited the woods and began our last loop around the driveway to the cheering of my wife, son and mother, I was filled with a great feeling of pride. I was proud of my daughter for setting a goal for herself and seeing it through to the end and I was proud to be a member of the Forestdale School Community; a community that values family and supports events that bring them together in the pursuit of healthy choices.
I look forward to building more memories with my daughter as well as building more memories at Forestdale this year and larger Sandwich community moving forward.