Dayville – The public is invited to join the fun on Sat., June 14, 2014, at 9 a.m., when the students of EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) magnet high school host a 5K run at Killingly’s Owen Bell Park, 580 Hartford Pike, in Dayville.
The 5-kilometer race and quarter-mile Kids’ Fun Run is called “Run to Remember: Sandy Hook Hi 5K” and will benefit Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization established by the Newtown, Conn., community, following 2012’s tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Organized by QMC high school students as a public service project, “Run to Remember: Sandy Hook Hi 5K” participants are invited to walk or run along the Owen Bell Park cross-country course used by Killingly High School track students.
Visit the 5K run’s Web site at, where participants can pre-register and obtain more information. The 5K run, all of whose proceeds will go to Sandy Hook Promise, is $25 for pre-registrants and $30 for participants who register the day of the run, starting at 7:30 a.m. The Kids’ Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m.
“Our QMC students are go-getters!” said QMC Principal Gino LoRicco of the QMC middle-college high school students who helped organize the 5K benefit.
“They are looking for ways to make this world a better place and they make it their duty to look for important work that will positively impact others,” he said.
QMC senior Maya Tetrault, one of the student organizers, credited a QMC teacher, Suzette LeFevre, for inspiring QMC students to hold the 5K benefit for Sandy Hook Promise.
“ … It was her [LeFevre’s] determination to bring this to the community and … celebrate lives, that helped us see the passion,” said Tetrault, who added, “If everyone can do a little to benefit our community, the world can change.”
QMC, which is a magnet high school for students in grades 9 to 12, is located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson. QMC’s unique academic design enables its students to earn a high school degree, while also taking QVCC college courses and earning free college credits.
QMC, which is administered by EASTCONN, provides a democratic learning community for responsible, motivated, capable high school students from across northeastern Connecticut. To learn more about QMC, its STEM-infused curriculum and other QMC learning opportunities, contact QMC Principal Gino LoRicco at To learn more about EASTCONN, a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center, visit