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Defeating the Distance

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Polycom Special Event


Defeating the Distance

with runner Jennifer Tessitore


Date:           Monday, March 31, 2014

Time:           1-2:00 ET (12:00 CT, 11:00 MT, 10:00 PT)

Grades:       9th-12th


Partners: Author coordination/liaison: Elaine Shuck, Polycom, Inc.,

Event coordination: Sue Porter, Polycom Education Consultant


Description: Students hear and interview runner, Jennifer Tessitore, about her entry into this year’s Boston Marathon sponsored by the Multiple Myeloma Race for Research. Students will gather information for their essay on why "they" (in the person of real-life Jennifer) should be selected by the Foundation for one of the few 2014 Boston Marathon bibs or why an organization of their choice is worthy of their support.


  1. 1.  LEARN: Students will learn as they acquire background knowledge about the Boston Marathon, Mulitple Myeloma, Jennerifer Tessitore
  2. 2.  ACT: Students will act as they participate in the IVC with other schools to interview Jennifer Tessitore
  3. 3.  REFLECT: Students will reflect through an essay
    • Why they (in the person of real-life Jennifer Tessitore) should be selected by the Foundation for one of the few 2014 Boston Marathon bibs.


    •  A persuasive essay setting forth why the MMRF (or another philanthropic organization of your choice) is worth of an individual's support.


A good essay will make a compelling case both for the cause (e.g., multiple myeloma, heart disease, etc.) and for the organization you choose to support in addressing that need.  Participating teachers will submit their three best essays, an overall winner will be chosen for each of the two categories in this event, and recognition will be given to the "best of category" winners.



The lesson plan is available here - Defeating the Distance


Questions? Email Sue Porter - polycomspecialevents@gmail.com 



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