Hermosa Schools Superintendent Johnson tries to slow Dolphin Dash fundraiser

Hermosa Valley students sprint off the starting line at the Eighth Annual Dolphin Dash Saturday morning. Photo by Kevin Cody
by Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach Superintendent Jason Johnson was just dollars away from a pie in the face when he lined up at the starting line of the Eighth Annual Dolphin Dash Saturday morning. 

Each year, Superintendent Johnson agrees to take a pie in the face if the run reaches its fundraising goal. Last year he actually took 50 pies in the face after the $100,000 goal was reached. On Friday, Dolphin Dash chair Erica McCall said the run was just $14,000 short this year’s goal of $120,000.

“Don’t donate,” the superintendent told anyone who would listen Saturday morning. Whether or not he was successful in stopping the run from reaching its goal won’t be known until the final tally on Monday.

Hermosa Beach Schools Superintendent Jason Johnson takes a pie to the face, (actually 50), following last year’s successful Dolphin Dash fundraiser. Photo courtesy of HBSC.

Over 200 students participated in the run, which started on The Strand, at the Hermosa Beach pier, turned around at 22nd Street, and returned to the pier. The race is organized by the Valley, Vista, and View Parent Teacher Organization. Run prizes included extra recesses, an ice cream party, a cupcake party, acting assistant principal for the day, and throwing a whip cream pie at Superintendent Johnson.

Proceeds will go toward playground equipment, library books, educational software, field trips and teacher grants.

Pledges may still be made at pledgestar.com/hermosaschools. ER



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