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Summerville students participate in 5K for Cotter Smith

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People gathering for the beginning of the 5K.

People gathering for the beginning of the 5K.

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People gathering for the beginning of the 5K.

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On Sat., April 21, parents, faculty and students gather around Sand Hill Elementary School to walk/run in the Sandpiper Scurry.  

However, this year was different because of the tragic loss of a Summerville High School student Cotter Smith.

“This year, there were more than double the runners than we had last year. . . that is a testament to Cotter”, said Kara Wilde, the race coordinator.

Many of the runners were Summerville students and parents who knew Cotter. Going to the race was their way of showing support for Cotter’s family during this hard time.

“I hope with the money raised it will help Cotters family by giving them closure since it was donated to research”, said Lexi Baldwin-Eller, junior.

Last year the money raised from the fundraiser went toward buying equipment at Sand Hill Elementary. This year the money was giving to Cotter’s family who is using the money as a donation to heart research.

“Our team met and decided that this year all Scurry proceeds will be given to Cotter’s family. They are supporting heart research so other families can avoid the loss they are enduring”, said Wilde.

The second year of the Sandpiper Scurry has motivated the Sand Hill health and wellness staff to continue making a great event for the community to participate in. It will also continue to keep the memory of Cotter alive throughout the Summerville community and for many other that decide to run in the future.

“We hope this event continues for a very long time to honor Cotter in the way he deserves’”, said Wilde.

While losing a beloved student in any community is tough the Summerville community is using it as a way to come together.

“I feel like the Sandhill Scurry helped the Summerville community come together because we were all out there for (Cotter)”, said Baldwin-Eller.

Before the gun sounded to start the race, runners were informed about the life of Cotter and how much he meant to his family, friends, and members of his school.

“Our hope is that participants who knew Cotter, and even those that didn’t, realize what an impact a person can have on the people around you. Cotter taught us all that one person can bring out the best in others, just by being an amazing person themselves.  

“He left a positive ripple that will be felt and seen for a very long time.  He was an incredible young man who lived life to the fullest and his positive attitude and willingness to help and lead others has not gone unnoticed,” said Wilde.

Although the community will be able to heal through events like the Sandpiper Scurry, Cotter will be missed by all those that knew him.

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