By Sara Lloyd
Jekyll Island hosted the 5th annual Under the Oaks Run during Columbus Day weekend. Over 900 runners provided their time and energy to further the efforts of Saint Simons Christian School in educating and enriching the lives of our local youth. The benefit run attended by runners ranging from casual to competitive, offered a 13.1 half marathon, 10K and 5K race.
Jessica Grant, a second year water station coordinator, said the proceeds from the event benefit the non-profit school in numerous ways.
“There are a lot of students who cannot afford to come to our school. The funds raised by the event will help to provide financial assistance for tuition for those students. The proceeds also help with some of the upkeep of the school and provide new computers and supplies for the students,” Grant said.
The College of Coastal Georgia was represented at the event by student volunteers from various clubs and organizations. Both CCGA Serves and Rotaract Club members demonstrated Mariner spirit with great success at this year’s race. Avid appreciation for the student’s efforts was expressed by organizers and runners during the event and in the following weeks on various social media sites.
Students interested in local service events to build and further benefit our community should contact CCGA Serves via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who desire to become involved in student organizations and serve in the community can contact CCGA’s Office of Student Life at 912-279-4511 for information and resources.