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May 30 marked the tenth annual “Nichols has Heart Walk-a-thon.” More than 500 students and faculty gathered to celebrate the life of the late Sandy McDermott. A former math teacher at Nichols Middle School, Sandy McDermott passed away in 2008 after suffering a heart attack during school. The Nichols community participated in carnival activities, ate food and walked in her memory.
Each year, students seek to fundraise at least $20,000, which is then dedicated towards the American Heart Association and a scholarship fund established in honor of Sandy McDermott. Since the first walk-a-thon, Nichols has raised over $200,000, with $75,000 awarded in college scholarships to alumni. With the help of various Northshore sponsors, the annual goal was quickly achieved this year. Five days before the fundraising deadline, the Facebook page of the walk-a-thon declared that 2017 was the best online fundraising year thus far. With increased sponsorship and a heightened social media presence, the walk-a-thon continues to commemorate Ms. McDermott and contribute to the community.