By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Dearborn Public Schools students came together to stand against bullying during a Santa hat-themed unity run.
Dearborn, Edsel Ford, and Fordson high schools hosted the second annual run May 3 at Ford Field.
Proceeds from the run will fund the annual DPS Student Leadership Diversity Summit and a scholarship for students involved in anti-bullying, social justice, peer-to-peer and diversity awareness at each of the high schools.
The event included a one-mile run for elementary students, a two-mile run for middle school students, a one mile-walk open to all ages, a 5K run for adults and a 5K run for high school students.
Medals were awarded for first, second and third place female and male winners in the mile, two-mile and 5K races.
Santa himself also made an appearance to hand out prizes and awarded the best dressed individual and team.
This race was open to students, staff and family members of Dearborn Public Schools and community members.
Students from elementary to high school were in attendance to support anti-bullying in Dearborn.
“When I heard about the run I was excited because it supported anti-bullying,” DHS junior Devyn Parker said. “I’m leading the group of elementary students as they run the mile.”
“I thought this was great way to fight against bullying,” Stout Middle School seventh-grader Alex Cosenza said. “The Santa theme was a cool addition to the run. It made it more fun to be a part of.”
The event was sponsored by the Anti-Bullying, Peer to Peer and Diversity teams at the three high schools.
The Dearborn Running Club also assisted with the planning and set-up of the course.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)