Students raise money for teacher running Boston Marathon


A Windham teacher is going the extra mile, running the Boston Marathon to raise money for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

On Valentine’s Day, Eileen Lingley’s second-grade students at Golden Brook Elementary School showed her their support for her mission: They presented her with $275 they’d secretly raised for her run.

Lingley and her brother, Tim Morris, who was paralyzed in a car accident 10 years ago, will compete in the Boston Marathon together. Morris has since worked at Spaulding Rehab, witnessing the progress being made there and has even walked himself in a robotic exoskeleton device.

“I'm not even sure I can put it into words,” Lingley said of her students' generosity, and getting to run Boston for Spaulding. “It's amazing to be able to do this for him.”

His photos and story are posted in the classroom, next to letters that spell out the word “grit.”

“I just decided that, you know what, it's going to be a little bit harder now, but it's time to start living,” Morris said. “So I got into running, swimming, biking.”

Morris crossed the finish line last year using a racing wheelchair. This will be Lingley’s fourth time running Boston.

“What an amazing thing to do,” Lingley told her students. “We really appreciate it.”