Bata will raise funds for 5K – Washington Daily News

One sure sign of spring and that COVID-19’s concerns have subsided is the return of 5K / fun walks to raise money for various purposes.

Bata Elementary School sponsors second race in memory of Lee Swain / walk on Saturday, March 12th to raise money for a treadmill around campus.

The event is named after BES alumni Lee Swain, whose husband Brian also attended school and returned to serve 30 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and director until retirement.

“Brian was an amazing leader and teacher for our students, and Lee worked across the street at Bath’s historic site until she fell ill,” said current Bath Primary School principal Charles Clark. “They were both part of our school community, and she left us with cancer too early, so we thought we would do something to honor her memory.”

The first race was in 2019, before COVID-19 suspended most events. The funds raised will go to build a one-mile walk / run track around campus that students will enjoy during the day, and a running club will engage after school.

The path will be open to the public after classes. The surface will be made of recycled rubber, similar to local high school tracks.

“We’re going to use it during physical education, and our kids who are preparing for cross-country and cross-country high school will also benefit from it,” Clark said. “We want it to be a partnership between the school and the community to promote exercise and healthy habits.”

The 5km race starts at 9am at school and the fun 1 mile walk starts at 10. Register at and click on the Lee Swain Memorial Race.

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