FRASER – Students in De La Salle’s International Baccalaureate programme dodged rain showers while volunteering at last Saturday’s Run Drugs Out of Town 5K run/walk, hosted by Families Against Narcotics (FAN).
Students and staff helped fill and tie 3,000 biodegradable balloons with strings that were released for someone who has died due to overdose or someone who is in recovery. Assistant principal Brad Cusumano and IB coordinator Stephanie Howay led a group of 16 DLS students at Fraser High School. The volunteers included graduated senior Nathan Jarski, along with incoming seniors Dominic Balice, Nick Binno, Vince Compton, Robert Cornwell, Kevin Kathawa, Athan Konon, Jacob Kujawa, Noah Lundgren, Nino Minniti, Conner Popa, Jack Studnicka, Anthony Stull, Connor Weir, Alex Scotta, and Ian Earle.
This marked the eighth year FAN has hosted the event.
Participants also remember loved ones by wearing special shirts, buttons and hats or carrying signs. A memory tent allowed for the display of banners or pictures of loved ones who have died due to addiction.
Cusumano, Howay, Jarski, Scotta and Studnicka also ran in the 5K.
Saturday was the second time that De La Salle IB students have volunteered for FAN. Several students worked the FAN Fall Fest dinner fundraiser last October at Penna’s of Sterling.