Hope Race

(Front) Katie Bains, Vice President; Sarah Willhoite, Vice President; Chloe Zickefoose, President and HOPE RACE Chair; Jen Boydston, Junior Rep, Izzy Esau, Vice President Public Relations. (Back) Brooklynn Boatman, Sophomore Rep; Zette Erwin, Sophomore Rep; Reese Merriman, Vice President; and Cash Flegal, Sophomore Rep.

In light of budget cuts to education across Oklahoma, people are always inquiring about ways to give back—Claremore students are paving the way for you to do so. The annual Hope Race will be held on November 9th, at Claremore Lake. Come 8 AM the Claremore High’s National Honor Society will have a Fun Run, 5K, and 10K set up and ready for you. All monies raised registration, shirts, and sponsors will go directly back into the school. The charitable event is student-organized, from sign-ups, sponsor recruitment, promotions, facilitating, budgeting, correspondence, site selection, acquiring necessary permits, registration and follow-up. This race is fostering the opportunity for students to engage in philanthropy “the love of mankind” and the learning and executing of a large-scale event. These students have seen the issues in their school, and are working to inspire change.

The Hope Race has continued to grow each year that it has been put on. The inaugural race in 2015 raised funds to help one of their own who suffered the loss of his arm in a boating accident. Since then the race has produced over $10,000 that has funded grants to different activities throughout the High School like the Career Development, Lip Dub, Math, and History departments. This year, National Honor Society wants to increase their profits even more, so that they can create a legacy at the school.

“Working together with my fellow officers to put on the Hope Race has been so rewarding, as an organization and officer team we have worked the past 6-months to try to achieve our $10,000 goal for our school,” said NHS President Chloe Zickefoose, “Making an impact in our school while collaborating with our community has been very humbling and an exciting experience. It is so empowering working with people who love and want excellence for our school.”

The Hope Race registration sign-ups will continue until the day of the race and will be $25; T-shirts are not guaranteed and will only be available while supplies last. “Becuase this is a fundraiser we will also accept sponsors and donations on the day of the race as well,” added our NHS Vice President, Reese Merriman. There are three levels of sponsorships: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

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