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Louisa County teacher running 50 miles to raise money for her students

The annual "Lion Pride Run" raises money for scholarships for Louisa students.
Posted at 12:14 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 12:26:09-05

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. – From Louisa County High School to the State Capitol, that’s the journey a Virginia teacher will embark on Monday night as she runs 50 miles in support of her students.

The run is part of Katharine Fletcher’s annual "Lion Pride Run," which raises money for scholarships for Louisa County students who have overcome obstacles and refuded to give up.

Over the last four years, the avid runner has garnered international attention for the pride run and her goal of completing feats of endurance to raise money for scholarships for her students at Louisa County High School.

In 2018, Fletcher ran 100 miles in 24 hours to raise money for the school.

This year, Fletcher will depart the campus of Louisa County High School at 10:30 p.m. on Monday night. She is expected to complete the 50-mile journey and arrive at State Capitol Building in Richmond at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Fletcher says she intends to spread an inspirational message of support for students and educators throughout the state.

“What we want to do is send a message that #TeamLCPS supports educators and students across Virginia, and we value the efforts educators put in every day to positively impact our students, as well as the diligence of our students,” Fletcher said. “This year, we’re inviting everyone throughout the Commonwealth to join us in spreading that message.”

Students and school staff will gather at the high school on Monday night to cheer Fletcher on.

Fletcher will be met at the finish line by students from all six of the division’s schools, as well as the high school’s band and cheerleading teams to congratulate Fletcher on her achievement.

Following the run, a brief press conference will be held outside of the State Capitol Building, and then Fletcher will receive a resolution from local lawmakers.

Since the inaugural Lion Pride Run, more than $60,000 in scholarship money has been raised, which has helped 22 LCHS seniors attend college.