Running for Recess 5K Returns to Ship Bottom Next Month

Apr 03, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Last year’s Running for Recess 5K had about 75 runners and walkers, who helped raise some $3,800 toward the fundraising goal of $50,000 to build two schools in Ghana, Africa.

Last year’s Running for Recess 5K drew about 75 runners and walkers to Ship Bottom for the first fundraising event for the new nonprofit Raising Hands & Hopes, developed by Southern Regional student Henry Sodt as a means to raise some $50,000 to build two schools in Ghana, Africa.

Now a year into the venture, Sodt is hoping for an expanded field for this year’s Running for Recess 5K, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, starting at 9 a.m.

“I’m hoping for at least 100 registered participants this time,” Sodt said. “It’s going to be a little more low-key in the sense that we won’t have live entertainment before the race. But it’s going to be the same race on the same course, and we’re still raising money to build a school through the Pencils of Promises program.”

As part of a partnership with internationally known Pencils of Promise, the primary function of Raising Hands & Hopes is to advocate for quality education for children in third-world nations as well as raise money to make that possible, mainly through Pencils of Promise’s school-build program. Proceeds from the 5K are pooled into a larger fund that will go toward the $50,000 necessary to build two schools in Ghana.

So far, Sodt’s Raising Hands & Hopes has raised about $5,500. Last year’s 5K raised about $3,800.

“We have a ways to go, but we’re going to get there,” Sodt said. “Every fundraising process has a bunch of steps to it, and we’re taking our steps to make education in Ghana available for more children. We’re going to keep doing what we can to make that possible.”

Sodt has taken tackling the problem of educating youngsters in third-world nations to heart. And despite the mayhem of his senior year of high school, going through the college application and selection process, and managing time for extra-curricular activities and a little time for himself here and there, he knows it’s will all be worth it in the end.

“I know, in some places in America, children are struggling to receive good educational opportunities,” he said. “But the scale of poverty in Africa and other third-world nations is on a whole different level. Many children in Africa have to walk five miles just for clean water. In Ghana, most children have almost no access to good schooling. It breaks my heart to see so many children with so much potential who don’t have a chance at a better education.”

To register for the Running For Recess 5K, visit, where you also can make purchases from the new clothing line which became available last month or simply make a donation, Sodt said.  —D.B.


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