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Student crew honors Bean’s Way Foundation with annual 5k race

Junior Paul Chapman dashes through the rain at the Dolphin Dash 5k on May 18, 2024, in front of Ocean Lakes High School. Paul placed first in the junior division and is a member of the wrestling team. Photo used with permission from Henry Yu.

Over 125 students, families and faculty participated in the nineteenth annual Dolphin Dash 5k race on May 18, 2024.

All proceeds went to the Bean’s Way Foundation, a non-profit organization co-founded by President Kim Bianchi in honor of her two-and-a-half-year daughter, Gaberiella “Bean” Bianchi, who passed away from a drowning accident on Aug. 14, 2019.

“All proceeds from the Dolphin Dash are going to support families to help with fees for our water self rescue survival classes,” said Bianchi. “This will save 10 lives.”

In addition to Bean’s Way Foundation, Bianchi also owns her own aquatic safety company, Flip to Float Rescue. The goal is to educate parents around Virginia Beach on the importance of water safety.

“How can I preach but not be part of the solution?” asked Bianchi.

The cost to take part in the race was $15, and the Dolphin Dash student crew raised close to $6,000.

The rain did not stop the Dolphins from running the race. Over 60 door prizes were passed out, and the wrestling team took home the trophy for the most team members to participate.

“Their dedication truly shines through the rain, showing the spirit of our community,” said Principal Claire Leblanc.

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Chloe Purvis is a second-year journalist and webmaster for The Current. Outside of school she enjoys traveling, baking and hanging out with friends. In the future, she hopes to attend Old Dominion University.

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