Ashley Harbin, a T.R. Simmons teacher and member of the 5k Action Team, said the students, faculty and staff at the school have been busy and have registered approximately 200 runners to participate in the event. Anyone who would like to participate can still sign-up by registering the day of the event at 5:30 p.m. at the school. Parking will be across the street in the Walker High School parking lot.
The adult registration fee is $25. For youths 12 and under, the registration fee is $15. There is also a discounted price for families with two or more children participating in the Fun Run, which will be $10 per child.
“Our Simmons at Sunset event will kick off with entertainment at 5:30 p.m., and we will have Zumbonics for everyone at 6,” Harbin said. “The 5K will begin at 6 and the Fun Run will begin around 6:45.”
Harbin said Sno-Biz Snow Cones will also be hand at the event, and some very special guests are also expected to drop-in for a visit near the end of the race.
“We will also have an awards ceremony following the races. All the money we raise will go to the school to help purchase a sound system for the gym and to be used for other projects as needed,” Harbin said. “Our students are so excited. They have worked really hard on this fundraiser, and we are so proud of them. They have been competing with each other in a race already to see which class could sign-up the most runners and they’ve done a wonderful job.”
Harbin said the students have been tracking the number of participants that have been signed up for the 5k/Fun Run so far on a special track, which is on the wall in one of the school’s hallways.
“The students set an initial goal, but have since exceeded that goal, but we will gladly take more,” Harbin said. “If you plan to run and have not yet registered, just show up on Friday at 5:30 and join in the fun.”
Principal Suzanne Snow said she was proud of the students and so excited at the outpouring of support the school has received from the community regarding not only this fundraiser, but others the school hosts as well.
“This is a community event and we really appreciate all the members of the community who have helped contribute at this point, especially the City of Jasper’s police and fire departments, the Jasper City Council, and City Planner Keith Pike,” Snow said. “These folks have been instrumental in helping us get this fundraiser going in the right direction. They will also be helping us on the day of the event and we could not do this without them.”
Harbin also was appreciative for help the school has received.
“Our Student Lighthouse Team went to the Jasper City Council and got the council’s permission to hold the event and our computer teacher, Drew Phillips, created our website and t-shirt graphic for the event,” Harbin said. “And everyone in the community has been so wonderful. We’ve not only had folks signing up to participate, but also just sending in a donation, so we’re all very excited and can’t wait to see the results at the end of the race.”
For more information about the Simmons at Sunset 5k/Fun Run, you may call the school at 205-387-2535. Registration forms are also available online at www.simmonsatsunset. com.