Nine athletes from Milbank High School ran the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on May 16. The students set out from MHS and ran to Koch Elementary School. They were escorted by local law enforcement who had their vehicle lights flashing. The runners carried the Flame of Hope – the lighted torch – en route.
The students ran from the front doors of MHS, down Jefferson Drive, and underneath a large United States flag hung from a fire truck. They continued their way to East 10th Avenue and finished their run in front of Koch School.
Students were: Tyler, Mariah, Chris, Jacob, Courtney, Briar, Makenzie, Danny, and Trevor. They were accompanied by teachers Abbey Trapp, Joyce Johnson, and Kathy Hanson.
The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch run is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. The nationwide event was started by Wichita Police Chief Richard LaMunyon in 1981.