Support WSF's Marathon Runner!

I can not thank you all enough for supporting me in my first Boston Marathon! I am so touched by the support from family, friends, former students , current students, colleagues, and the Wellesley community! I was hoping to reach 5,000 and here we are just past 8,000! Maybe we will make reach 10,000!  I know the students who receive help from WSF are so grateful. During every run, while I am trying to get up Heartbreak Hill, I think about what all of these kids have been through while trying to learn in a pandemic and I am inspired by them. I am so lucky to be able to participate in the 125th Boston Marathon. Thank you for all of your support! See you on the route!!

I am honored to be running my first Boston Marathon for the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation. WSF supports all students who live in Wellesley and /or are Wellesley high school graduates (including METCO, A Better Chance, and children of Wellesley Public School employees are eligible.)

I just completed my 23rd year of teaching at the Wellesley Middle School. I am also a parent of a recent graduate and a sophomore at WHS. I know first hand how hard these kids have worked to reach their goals during one of the most challenging times we could imagine. The expression “Life is a marathon, not a sprint” was certainly true for these kids this year as they had to work harder than ever to adapt to constant changes and challenges throughout the year. I love teaching middle school and love seeing the young adults they become when they go to WHS. I was honored to speak at the closing ceremony for our 8th graders this year. All of these kids truly did the unimaginable this year. Let’s help them go on to the next chapter of their education.

It is my turn to give back to these kids who have given so much to me during my 23 years of teaching at WMS. Making a donation will help these kids pursue their dreams. I have no doubt they will continue to give back to this community in so many ways!

J.J. Kelleher (A.K.A - “Sra. Kelleher”)

Follow along on my marathon training journey on Instagram @wellesleyscholarshipfoundation



  1. michele frost

    12 October

  2. Lisa Raftery

    12 October

  3. Pam and Doug Haslam

    11 October

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