East Bay High School SGA Organizes 5K4Q Run To Benefit Bloomingdale Library Survivor

The East Bay High School Student Government Association is coordinating and organizing the first annual 5K4Q Run. The purpose of the 5K run and one-mile fun run is to raise funds to support the Bloomingdale Library Survivor who is an alumnus of East Bay High School and was an active member of the Student Government Association.

Before she tragically became known as the Bloomingdale Library Survivor, she was a vibrant student at East Bay High School. Because she was an active member of the Student Government Association (SGA), members of the SGA are organizing a 5K race and one-mile fun run. The East Bay High School 5K4Q Run will be held on Saturday, May 19, at E.G. Simmons Park, located at 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin, beginning at 8 a.m.

According to Kendall MacDonald, a senior at East Bay and the president of SGA, “Our race is being held to benefit a former student whose life changed forever, through no fault of her own. Like many of our graduating seniors this year, she was at a similar point in her life, looking forward to moving on to college and the end of high school when she was attacked and left for dead. We are running ‘4Q’ to raise money for her care and awareness that she is still fighting and working hard to regain a more normal life.”

MacDonald added, “She has become known in the community as the Bloomingdale Library Survivor, but we would like people to know and remember her as an East Bay alumnus.” MacDonald said, “We would like to invite East Bay Alumni, former SGA members as well as teachers from all over the SouthShore area to become involved either as volunteers or runners.”

East Bay Student Government is offered as a class called Leadership Development. Students must apply for admission. The class leads all activities such as pep rallies, homecoming festivities and Relay For Life. The class sponsor is Remy Ferrario.

“This project means a lot to us because it focuses on a former student rather than an organization.” Ferrario said. “I am amazed at the selflessness of the student organizers. Many of them did not know the former student, but they are pouring their hearts and souls into this project. I hoe that this will become an annual event.”

Cost to enter the run is $25 or $20 for students with ID and $10 for the one mile fun run. If you would like to sign up as a runner or become a sponsor, please visit www.facebook.com/5K4QRUN.