H-SANTA MARIA

May 2, 2013 8:01 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Elementary school students run to raise money for Boston

Some elementary school students in Santa Maria Thursday tried to counter an act of terrorism with an outpouring of kindness.

Twenty-six students from each class at Miller School ran a mile to show support and raise money for the victims of last month's bombing in Boston.

Gail Burgess, the school's outreach consultant grew up in Boston and still has family there. She organized the run because victims of the tragedy ranged from the old to the very young.

"Boston strong," shouted students as they began the marathon.

Some ran, others walked, but every step counted.

"A lot of kids got hurt, and a lot of adults, and right now we have legs we can run and I think this could represent something to them," said Ariadna Romero, a sixth grade student.

Students running in Thursday's marathon hope to raise more than $1000. That money will go to help the youngest victims in the tragedy take steps towards recovery.

Every penny raised from Thursday's run will be sent to Boston Children's Hospital, where several of the children are still recovering.

"There's so many people who got hurt that maybe can't afford it, but we have this and we can help," said Romero.

At the end of the day, 900 students from kindergarten through sixth grade rounded the course.

Students were cheered on by teachers and classmates.

If you would like to donate, there's still time. Miller School is accepting donations until May 10th. They will then mail the money raised to Boston Children's Hospital.

Donations can be mailed to the school or dropped off at the front office.

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