Nov. 3, 2018 REF members joined forces with FEA members (see photo with the flamingo) to support the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund in its 6th Annual 5K Race. The sun came out just in time for all the doings on what started out as a rainy morning. This family friendly event generates increasingly large crowds who come to memorialize Vicki, the young and beloved first grade teacher, a former Stratford resident, who lost her life in the Sandy Hook massacre while protectinging her class. See her story here:
The feeling which permeates the entire day is one of joy and exhilaration, much like Vicki as she is described above. All ages participate as you can see in the photos from CT post coverage. Many participants push children or the handicapped in carriages. Some bring their pets along, some dress in costumes, the prominent color being pink with a flamingo theme because these were things that Vicki loved. Some run competitively, some walk...there's something for everyone.
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In the first photo above, REF member, Kathy McDonald, one of this year's participants, posed with her family including her grandchildren, some who ran in the Kids' Fun Run. Both of Kathy's daughters are teachers, one in Fairfield and one in Sandy Hook. The one who teaches OT in Sandy Hook lost 3 of her students in the tragedy, so this is a very personal cause for Kathy and her family.
After the "race" (our REF group walked) there were food and beverage tents (free), musical entertainment, and award presentations, including some to the 2018 Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship recipients. Everyone was glowing, and that glow will carry us through until we can go back and do it again next year!!!