Over 100 CGPS Community Members Participate in Polar Bear Run for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

This month, nearly 100 members of the CGPS community gathered in Central Park for the second annual CGPS Polar Bear Run. Organized by Middle School physical education teachers Venus Cooke and Katelyn Savage, the Polar Bear Run is a 1.67 mile-long run along the Central Park Bridle Path that serves as a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Polar Bear Runs are community events run by St. Jude’s heroes — people like Ms. Cooke who serves as an ambassador in her community for the hospital, which provides medical services for families fighting pediatric diseases and childhood cancers. St. Jude’s provides the highest quality care for difficult-to-treat pediatric medical issues, including pediatric cancers, at no cost.  


Ms. Cooke and Ms. Savage’s effort was supported by members of the 7/8 and Varsity Track teams, who volunteered to help during the race. This year, the CGPS Polar Bear Run raised over $12,600, with pledges left to count. In the past two years combined, CGPS has raised over $27,600 for St. Jude’s hospital.

During the race, track team volunteers stood at markers, blasting music and cheering on runners. There was a raffle to win Polar Bear Run merchandise, plus popcorn, pizza and hot chocolate for all participants at the end of the race. In addition, many students involved came together to write supportive letters to patients at St. Jude’s, which Ms. Cooke collected and sent to the hospital to distribute to young patients.

This year, the top finishers were as follows:


Ari G. ’28

Adam G. ’28

Ryder L. ’26



Madison D. ’26

Margaret T. ’26

Alexis S. ’26

Alexandra K. ’26

If you would like to donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as a CGPS community member, the donation site is still live. https://sites.google.com/cgps.org/polar-bear-run