For the second consecutive year Chardon Middle School has partnered with an Akron based foundation 93 cents for Flight 93 to bring two events to the school and community. The 93 cents for Flight 93 initiative is an official program of The HALO Foundation (Akron, Ohio) and the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign.
Since 2005 6th grade students at Chardon Middle School have visited the temporary memorial to the heroes of Flight 93 at Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This has become part of the school’s annual tour of Hershey, PA which this year will be our 10th visit.
Last June David Beamer, the father of hero Todd, (Let’s Roll!) visited CMS speaking to the sixth grade class as part of an Everyday Heroes program that included the Chardon Police and Fire Departments, Geauga County Sheriff’s Department, VFW Post #6519, the Ladies’ Auxiliary, and city and county leaders. David also spoke to the community @ St. Mary’s Banquet Hall.
Students at Chardon Middle School did several fundraisers, including selling flight 93 T shirts, and to date have raised more money than any other school in the USA. Last year the school presented a check for nearly $3,500 at the site.
Both of this year’s events will be held on Saturday, May 15th. The first annual Let’s Roll! Bike, Jog, and Walk will be held at The Geauga Park District’s Mountain Run Station in Chardon. The race begins at 9 A.M. and our goal is to have 40 four person teams to represent the 40 heroes. The course consists of running 1.6 miles and biking 6.8 miles. There is also a family walk after the race. Cost is $40 per team or $15 per individual for the walk. We will be joined this year by two family members: Debby Borza is the mother of youngest hero Deora Bodley and Sandy Felt is the wife of 41 year old engineer Edward.
That evening a community dinner will be held at St. Mary’s Banquet Hall. Doors open at 6PM and 40 Baskets for the 40 Heroes will be raffled. Cost of the dinner is $20 for adults and $15.00 for students. Debby and Sandy will speak to the public. On Monday May 17th both ladies will address students at both Chardon High and Chardon Middle School.
If interested in attending or making a donation, please contact event organizers either Tim Bowens @ [email protected] or Julie Kenny @ [email protected] Both can be reached @ 440 285-4062