Sharon Ames , Jill McKelvey and Tricia McSweeney
are planning to run this year’s Boston Marathon to raise funds to support innovation in education for the AEFI.
Training to run the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon is a grueling and incredibly hard challenge. Sharon, Jill and Tricia strive to not only to meet the challenge of crossing the finish line, but also the challenge of raising $5,000 in support of teacher grants for the Ashland Public Schools.The AEFI is grateful to Larry Gillis of Poland Spring Pure Spring Water for providing the marathon numbers to these runners for this year’s Marathon Challenge.
All three women are avid runners, longtime residents of Ashland and strong supporters of the Ashland Public Schools. Tricia McSweeney lives with her husband Sean and four children all who attend the Ashland Schools. Tricia is a surgical RN at Tufts Medical Center. Sharon Ames and her husband Bill have 3 children, two of which graduated from Ashland High and a seventh grade boy. Sharon is a Speech Pathologist in the Ashland Schools. Jill McKelvey and husband Pat have two daughters at the Middle and Mindess Schools. Jill is a Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist, managing her own business for over 20 years. All three women dedicate their weekend mornings to runs of 13 miles or more and are thankful for the understanding and tolerance their husbands and children give them while they are out training between 2 to 4 hours a run.
When asked why she is participating in the Marathon Challenge Tricia McSweeney states, “I am running the marathon for the AEFI because I want my children and children in this community to get the best education they can. The AEFI is about creating opportunities by providing grants for teachers who bring innovation to the classroom. By running and raising money for the AEFI I have the opportunity to give back to the community of Ashland. I also want to show my kids that you can set a challenging goal for yourself, work toward that goal and achieve it.”
Sharon Ames is excited to run for the AEFI and added, “The AEFI continues to support the schools by using money raised toward any of the academic departments to purchase materials that will enrich the classroom. Teachers within our community are excited about this effort. Please join us to help raise money for our great school district here on the Boston Marathon route.”
Jill McKelvey’s motivation is to help make the Ashland School system stronger so that all children can receive the best education in Ashland possible.
The AEFI brings business leaders, community leaders, professionals and parents together to increase awareness of, communication with and support for the Ashland Public Schools. Excellence in public education is essential to the economic and social health of the Ashland community. The AEFI supports creative, innovative and challenging programs and need educational venture capital provided by the surrounding community.