A local program created to help high school students graduate held its first annual 5K fund-raiser race on Saturday, an event that also celebrated the life of one of the programâ??s late students.
Runners and walkers laced up their shoes at Ottawa Park in Toledo for the S.T.R.I.V.E. 5K Walk/Run. Much like S.T.R.I.V.E. itself, a program created in 1996 to help youths pass their Ohio Graduation Test, the race is about reaching the finish line.
â??Itâ??s a big benefit to the community because as long as your able to pass and succeed that means youâ??re able to go to different levels in life and become a productive citizen,â?? said S.T.R.I.V.E. founder and Toledo Police Officer Flo Wormely.
Itâ??s the direction where 23-year-old Jordan Jones-Harris was headed. Jones-Harris was a S.T.R.I.V.E.student last year and an aspiring nurse. She was killed in October, allegedly by an ex-boyfriend. Saturdayâ??s race was held in her memory.
â??We want to keep her memory alive because all she wanted to do was go to school, become a nurse and help some people,â?? said Wormely.
It is a message that S.T.R.I.V.E. wants to keep running, by celebrating the lives of those like Jordan.