GLADWIN – The small community of Gladwin has one of the biggest hearts. This town is one that anyone would be proud to call home. We come together when one of ours is in need or hurting. Two families in our little town were affected by two different tragedies on the same day. Our community came together as a whole and did what it does best, poured out their love and support.
The Gladwin Junior High boys and girls cross country teams decided to hold their mini relay again this year and decided to try to help these two families with monetary support. Both of the cross country teams were super excited about this opportunity to help their fellow classmates. The relay was held on Friday, October 9 at the high school track from 4-8 p.m. Each team consisted of four participants. One individual from each team was required to be on the track at all times in 15 minute increments.
A total of 971 laps were ran or walked in that four hour period by runners and coaches. The seventh grade volleyball team also showed up to walk laps and collected money for a team donation. Some of the junior high staff, including Dave Mausolf, Katrina McCauley, Kristine Ockerman and Candy Johnson, also walked with the kids. Legacy Builders made an impressive donation by sponsoring $1 per lap for each runner. A total of $7,366.50 was raised during this event, which will be split between the two families.
To make things more interesting, the junior high coaching staff challenged the kids that if each one of them raised at least $100, they would sleep one night on the roof of the junior high. The coaching staff consists of Sara Christensen and Mike Verellen for the boys team, and Carissa Petherbridge for the girls team. The challenge was accepted and was accomplished! So on Friday evening, October 30, the coaching staff set up tents and camped out on the roof, on one of the coldest nights so far this fall. They awoke to frosty tents the next morning.
Thank you to Lorri Allen and the Cameron family for providing food and drinks, Kathy Cunningham for the glow sticks, Julie Slade for the string and beads to keep track of each lap made by the walkers and runners. Also, thank you to the Volmering family for the hot chocolate, and the junior high for the popcorn, during the movie. The Record and Clarion generously sponsored the t-shirts for the coaches, as well as each member of the teams and the families affected by the tragedies.