May 15 2018
Kathrine Switzer delivered the 2018 commencement address at her alma mater, Syracuse University on May 13, 2018.
Last month, a high school teacher in Virginia ran 100 miles around her school’s track to help its students make their college dreams reality.
In 2015, Kate Fletcher created Lion Pride Run, a scholarship intended for seniors at the Louisa County High School, where Fletcher teaches English. Each year since, Fletcher has established running and monetary goals for the scholarship, aiming to raise set amounts by reaching running distance or time goals. For 2018’s scholarship fund, Fletcher set out to complete 400 laps around the school’s track with the goal of exceeding last year’s achievement (the 2017 Lion Pride Run raised enough money to fund four scholarships) and inspiring kids along the way.
Fletcher partnered with GoFundMe Studios to capture her 2018 run and some of the preparation that went into it. The 10-minute video that resulted shows sections of Fletcher’s run and features students throughout, some of whom ran alongside Fletcher for a lap or two and read letters to their teacher in recognition of the impact she’s had on their lives. “I feel like my whole life has been a track, and you’re running on it, inspiring me to run even when things get tough,” one student says. “You are a role model to hundreds of students,” says another. In the last minute of the video, Fletcher is seen tackling that final lap of her 100-mile journey, her path on the track surrounded by students who are cheering her on every step of the way.