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5K race to raise money for Hadley school technology

The Hadley schools are racing to catch up with modern technology. Literally. Helping Hearts for Hadley, a group doing fundraising for the schools, will host a 5K race April 7 to raise money for technology upgrades in the elementary school and Hopkins Academy.

So far they have raised more than $12,000 — well on their way to a $20,000 goal. There are 350 runners registered, and registration remains open until the day of the race. Stacey Mushenski, a parent who founded Helping Hearts in October, said that runners are coming from across Massachusetts as well as neighboring states.

Helping Hearts is lending a hand to a larger effort. The elementary school is in need of technology upgrades, according to Donna Moyer, the interim superintendent, and the School Committee. Among other issues, close to half the computers in the elementary schools are more than 6 years old and the school lacks wireless Internet access, which prevents teachers from fully utilizing curriculum supplements that rely on technology, according to Moyer. At the annual Town Meeting, residents will vote on whether to invest approximately $150,000 in technology at the elementary school.

In addition to raising money, Mushenski said that the race is designed to help students become more active. There will be a 2-mile walk for families, and the event will wrap up with a block party at Hadley Elementary School with fun exercise activities — from Zumba to hula hooping. The party will also feature food and music.

The 5K begins at 10:30 a.m. at the elementary school. More information is available online at www.helpingheartsforhadleyschools.org.

— DYLAN PEERS McCOY

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