WESTFORD -- Nashoba Valley Technical High School's community support group, the Friends of Nashoba, will hold its first annual Road Race, Craft Fair and Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Nashoba Tech does not charge user fees for students to participate in sports or extracurricular activities, and the purpose of the Friends of Nashoba, according to Matthew Ricard, the school's assistant principal and a member of the Friends, is to raise enough money so that Nashoba Tech can support its athletic and extracurricular programs without charging fees.
"With costs going up the way they are, the group wants to raise money to offset the costs of the activities so it's not coming out of the budget," Ricard said.
The Road Race, Craft Fair and Family Day is the first major fundraising event for the Friends, but Ricard said it won't be the last.
"We hope to have three major events -- one each athletic season," he said.
Ricard said the Friends of Nashoba welcomes any parents, teachers, administrators, alumni, coaches and community members interested in helping to plan fundraisers and other activities to support the school and pay for equipment, supplies, team dues and other costs associated with extracurricular activities.
On Oct. 20, the 5-kilometer race starts at 10 a.m. at the school, 100 Littleton Road. The cost before Oct. 15 is $25 for adults, $15 for kids younger than 13, and $10 for runners older than 65. After Oct. 15 and on race day, the cost is $35 for adults, $20 for kids younger than 13 and $15 for runners older than 65. All preregistrants will receive a T-shirt; there will be a limited supply for race-day applicants.
Awards will be given to the top finishers in several age categories.
After the race, stick around for the Craft Fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Nashoba Tech's gymnasium. There will be vendors, kids' activities, raffles and a bake sale.
Crafters and vendors who wish to participate can contact Sharon McSweeney at 978-866-6791 or S.McSweeney@comcast.net.
Anyone wishing to support the Friends of Nashoba can do so by sponsoring the road race ($50) or the start/finish line ($200), donating a raffle prize, donating drinks for race participants, or volunteering on race day.