Runners from the Woodlands High School track team used two torches from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles to help kick-off a celebration of the new $10,000 track at Richard J. Bailey Elementary School in Greenburgh. The torches were last carried by 1956 Olympian Rafer Johnson during the opening ceremony.
The track was funded with a $20,000 health and fitness grant from Dannon Yogurt, which has a corporate office in the town. The rest of the money is being used to build a climbing wall in the elementary school and to purchase a new refrigeration unit.
This event also culminated the school’s yearlong fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. A total of $300 was raised by students, who held Pajama Days, Nerd Days, Crazy Hat Days and other events to raise money. A check was presented at the ceremony to a representative of the American Cancer Society.
“This was an amazing experience for us,” said student Nahomy Perez, who along with classmate Millie Bennett, initiated the fundraiser. “None of this would have been possible without you guys.”