The late Dr. Manning was the mother of one of my schoolmates from Altamont. Although I didn't know her more than in passing, her reputation among the education world was tremendous. When I heard about the run as a way to generate some funding for the new center, I thought it was a good idea.
But then, Community Education South (that department that's being closed) offered a free week of After School Care Tuition to families who participated. A week of tuition is more than the registration fee, so we were basically being paid to participate.
I told AJ that I wouldn't be running the whole time, and I was right. Ben ran to keep up with her and we all completed the two-mile (miraculously flat) course.
Here are some pictures from the day:
I didn't take any photos while we were running (my phone was strapped to my arm!) but afterwards, I got some decent ones:
Our friend and Community Education South director, Gail Smith, took this one. Evidently I was still talking.
UAB students were taking blood pressure and handing out bananas and water. We took advantage of all of that. PS - Our blood pressure was fine, even after exertion.
AJ ran into her day camp counselor, Ms. Ashley, who is graduating soon and most likely won't be on campus this summer.
AJ played a bean bag toss game.
They played the "Whip/Nae Nae" song and I think this is AJ doing the "break your legs" part.
AJ and her pal Naomi from Avondale.
It was a great, dry, candy-free start to our day.