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AHS students organize fun run to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital


February 14, 2018 | View PDF

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Arlington High School students Kate Morris, left, and Brittany Anderson in front of Arlington High School. The students are organizing a fun run to raise funds for Seattle Children's Hospital.

Arlington High School students Brittany Anderson and Kate Morris are organizing a fun run for Presidents Day that will support the Seattle Children's Hospital.

The "Presidents Day Dash" fun run will be on Feb. 19 near the Stillaguamish Athletic Club in Smokey Point. Registration for the fun run will open at 8 a.m.

A one-mile race will be held beginning at 9 a.m. and a 5K race will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Brittany and Kate have participated in fun run fundraisers in the past but have never organized one before.

They are both part of their school's National Honor Society.

"For our National Honor Society service project we decided to put on a fun run with all proceeds going to the Seattle Children's Hospital," said Brittany.

The two students also enjoy running.

"Kate and I are both in cross country and we just have a love and passion for running," said Brittany.

Kate hopes that their fun run will be able to replicate the laid-back environment that many fun run events have.

"It's just a good way for the community to come out and run together," she said.

Brittany agreed that fun runs are a good way for people to get together and raise money for a good cause.

"It's not a stressful atmosphere," she said. "Just a group of people who are all interested in the same thing."

Seattle Children's Hospital will receive the proceeds from the event.

"The Seattle Children's Hospital has helped a lot of kids, even from Arlington High School," said Brittany.

The two students chose the hospital because a classmate is currently recovering there.

"There was a student at our school who was recently in an accident and is recovering at Seattle Children's Hospital," said Kate.

"It has affected a lot of the students here so we thought it would be a good idea to give back to Seattle Children's Hospital," she said.

This is the first fundraiser that Brittany and Kate have put together by themselves.

"It's been an adventure and I've had to organize things that I never considered I would have to," said Brittany. "But it's been worth it I think."

They hope that it can raise funds this year and also return in future years.

"Hopefully it is successful this year, and we also hope that it will grow in future years," said Brittany.

They also hope to encourage more people to pre-register for the event at


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