Truman Students Pay Tribute to Jon Cushing During Memorial 5K
By Christina Targosz, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- Dozens of little feet hit the ground running this morning. Their goal was to run a 5K.
The fifth graders from Truman Elementary School zipped through Cedar Rapids in the Jon Cushing Memorial 5K.
Abby Heims, like most fifth graders, found the idea of running that far overwhelming.
"Yeah it was kind of," Heims said.
It became a reality with the help of parents and classmates.
"It was my first 5K, and I did it with my dad," Heims said.
Truman's Physical Education teacher Lisa Shaver organized the run as a celebration of everything Cushing did for Polk Elementary before its closing.
Paired with Truman's wellness week, it taught the students the importance of being active.
"We do stress getting out and doing after school activities, going out for a walk with your parents, walking the dog and stuff," Shaver said.
However, it was the motivation they saw from their cheering teachers, parents, and classmates that fueled their run.
For Abby, it was having her dad running next to her that helped keep her going.
"You don't give up, you push through and even if you're walking, you're still doing it," Abbys dad Ben said.
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