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Bell Run raises funds to restore historic school

After a long 5k walk, Jane Hawkes of Spring City is cheered on as she crosses the finish line during the second annual School Bell Run in Spring City.
After a long 5k walk, Jane Hawkes of Spring City is cheered on as she crosses the finish line during the second annual School Bell Run in Spring City. – Daniela Vazquez / Messenger photo

 

Bell Run raises funds to restore historic school

 

Daniela Vazquez

Staff writer

9-8-2016

 

SPRING CITY—The second annual School Bell Run in Spring City was held last Saturday to benefit the preservation of the historic old school building at 150 E. Center St.

Racers met at dawn to compete against themselves in a 5k run/walk. This year, the goal was for competitors to beat their time from the previous year. If they accomplished the goal, they received a medal.

A second approach to winning a medal was to register as an “Arch Nemesis,” which entailed competing against a friend. The winner of the pair received a winning button.

Jane Hawkes of Spring City was a first time participant, and at 77 years old she was the eldest to compete in the race.           For racers who did not compete last year, their goal was to set a personal standard to compete against in next year’s event.

Friends of Historic Spring City board member Dixie Earl organized the run to help fund the second phase of old school’s renovation. Proceeds from the race will go toward the final finishes of the building, such as interior fixtures and wood work.

The finish work began two weeks ago and Earl says contractors told the board the project should be completed within 270 days.

The old school will serve as a community center and to accommodate additional city offices. The second floor will include a ballroom to host receptions or other community events, including art and cultural offerings.

Thus far, through efforts made by the Friends of Historic Spring City, volunteers and private donors, over $200,000 has been raised to pay back the $325,000 Community Impact Board loan granted for the restoration of the project.