All students, alumni, parents, faculty and friends of the schools are welcomed to register under their respective school name.
Money raised for the event through sponsorships, donations and registration fees will go toward People for Care and Learning’s Build a City project.
“We were all struck by the power a relatively small amount of money could have in Cambodia,” said Grant Currin, CHS senior. “A thousand dollars can build a house and help an entire family.”
Estimates for building a home in America are significantly higher at $50 to $200 per square foot.
Currin said he and his peers from Athena Davis’ AP Holocaust literature class and Melissa Adams’ sports marketing class are hoping to raise $5,000. All additional funds will go toward PCL’s Build a City project.
Sports marketing students are in charge of finding sponsors, creating a T-shirt, designing fliers and putting together goody bags. Davis’ literature class are in charge of everything else from planning the event to logistics. They are also the reason the 5-kilometer road race has come about.
“The big project at the end [of Holocaust lit] was a memorial project to memorialize the Holocaust and its victims,” Currin said. “Instead of building a statue, we decided we wanted to work on a project which would help other people. We decided to help victims of genocide in Cambodia.”
Davis said her students have the right idea.
“We took a whole semester to learn about the Holocaust, which is very important, but if you leave it in 1945 you are missing the point,” Davis said. “For them to choose on their own this way to memorialize it — by changing the world in 2013 — is pretty awesome.”
Adams jumped on board when she heard about the project.
“Athena and I are cousins. She was talking about the project and I was talking about the fact my sports marketing class needed a sports-related project,” Adams said. “We decided it would be a good idea for my class to do the marketing work and for her class to take care of set-up and getting the runners.”
Added Davis, “This is a little bigger than what we would normally tackle, but there are some ambitious minds in the group.”
The Run for Cover 5K will take place on the old Rolling Hills golf course property currently owned by Westmore Church of God. Davis and Currin said they did not believe a 5K had been run on the property before. The distance will be approximately 3.125 miles.
Adams and Davis said the event is not limited to runners.
“Running to win is great, but their participation is part of building a home for someone. Their participation contributed in some way, whether it is because they ran or walked the 5K,” Adams said.
Added Davis, “If you just want to send us your $20 for a shirt and not even run in the 5K, we will take it.”
Students are encouraged to strive for $5,000 or more, but to be proud of anything less, as well.
“Every thousand dollars they raise, even if it is just $3,000, will go toward building a home for a family who did not have a place to live,” Adams said. “They have done something real world and hands on where they have helped people while earning a grade.”
Christopher Hughes, CHS sports marketing student, said the project has gone beyond the grade.
“I’m not really working on it for the grade,” Hughes said. “I am working on it because I know it is going to make a difference.”
Continued Hughes, “It requires a lot of work, but then you think about the simplicity of it: To build houses, all you have to do is raise money.”
This is an opportunity for residents of Cleveland and Bradley County to make a difference for themselves, their students and Cambodia.
“I think as adults we need to give [students] opportunities and support them in these ventures. That is what is going to change things. People who think they can accomplish something and go for it,” Davis said. “As parents and teachers — as adult members of society, I think it is sort of our responsibility to support them when they have these giant, massive dreams they want to go after.”
Pre-registration for the event costs $20 before March 20. All later registrations will cost $30 up until the final call on April 6. The registration can be completed either by filling out a paper form or online at www.active.com (search for Run for Cover). All questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A place on the form allows for participants to write their school affiliation.
Monetary donations can be mailed to” Cleveland High School, Attn.: Athena Davis, 850 Raider Drive, Cleveland TN 37312.
Parking and registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. on April 6. A ceremony will follow the 5K’s completion for top male and female runners.
The question remains who the top runners will be representing: Bradley Central, Walker Valley or Cleveland high school? Show up on April 6 with $30 to find out.