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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University students are working with the Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority (LARA) on a fund-raising project in memory of two local children who drowned in the Susquehanna River in August 2009.
The fundraiser will be a "5K fun run/walk" on Sunday, April 17, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium at Bucknell (rain location is Gerhard Fieldhouse).
Assunda Rotolo, 11, of Lewisburg, and her cousin, Les Davis Jr., 8, of Mifflinburg, were playing in the river near the Lewisburg Bridge when the accident occurred.
"It is very rewarding to be able to help turn such a tragedy into something positive that brings hope to our community," said Bucknell senior Laura Diamond. "We look forward to seeing this event grow in years to come."
On-site registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. on April 17. Registration fees are $8 for children ages 3-6, $12 for students ages 7-22 (bring student ID), and $15 for adults. T-shirts are free with the registration fee, while supplies last.
A registration form is available at the Bucknell Department of Education website. Interested students may obtain a pre-registration form from their teachers at local schools.
Donations also are being accepted for the Pool Pass Project. Checks can be made out to LARA Pool Pass Fund and mailed directly to LARA at 629 Fairground Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
"We have continued to stay in contact with both Assunda and Les' parents, and they are both very pleased that the memory of their children is still honored with a program that they both would have enjoyed so much," said Sue Ellen Henry, associate professor of education at Bucknell.
"We want to build upon how last year's class responded to this tragedy by continuing to provide funding for pool passes, so that more families can use the Lewisburg Community Pool," said Bucknell senior Emily Baird.
"Through opportunities like these, students can continue to give back to a community that has given so much to Bucknell," said Bucknell senior Kevin LeValley.
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