ANDOVER — On April 15, Greater Lawrence Technical School Science teacher Becky Pierce ran her first Boston Marathon. She was doing great until she, like many other runners, was stopped at Mile 22 as a result of the bombs which went off at the finish line.
Superintendent-Director John Lavoie learned that Pierce never completed the last 4.2 miles of the race, and wanted the GLTS community to band together to serve two causes: complete Pierce’s run and raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The walk-a-thon was held, despite threats of heavy rains, at the school track on May 29 with 53 teams of walkers participating. Many teams had four walkers each, which signified the four miles missed, and were organized by students, lead instructors, athletic teams, and different departments.
Overall, $5,512 was raised by sponsors as well as from the sale of T-shirts, handmade scarves, window clings and raffle tickets. One team, Team Habib, raised $500.
Raffle items, like Adirondack chairs and iron trellises, were built and donated by GLTS metal fabrication and carpentry students and faculty. GLTS was especially thankful to all the businesses who made generous donations of food and goods.
These donors included: Susan Harris and Donabedian Bros. Inc. of Salem, N.H., who donated two cases of fresh bananas; Cindy Wright and Pine State Trading of Gardiner, Maine, who donated five cases of water; Lisa Ouellette, Richard Walker and Garelick Lynn of Lynn, who donated eight cases of water; Karen McDonald and Thurston Foods, Inc. of Wallingford, Conn., who requested a donation delivery from General Mills which included four cases of snacks; Christine Cabral and New England Ice Cream Company of Taunton, who donated 12 cases of water; E.J. Paving of Methuen, which donated “Volunteer” T-shirts; and Berroco Inc. of Rhode Island, which donated skeins of yarn for the handmade scarves.