Run Across America at North Mianus School

Run Across America took place at North Mianus Elementary School the week of Oct. 6 to 10 for children in grades first to fifth.

The program was designed by a physical education teacher in Connecticut to create an awareness of the benefits of living a physically active lifestyle and increase the number of students passing the cardiovascular endurance (one mile run) standard on the Connecticut State Physical Fitness Assessment.

During recess, encouraged by the teachers and parents, children voluntarily exercised by running and walking laps, with a goal of covering up to a mile each day.

The distance ran by all of the students were tallied and drawn on a map posted in the school’s cafeteria as the kids traversed the US, showing their progress from North Mianus as they made successfully each day their way across the country. Parents and teachers were welcomed and encouraged to join the fun.

Each parent/teacher lap put a mile on the map.

Collectively, North Mianus students ran a total of 2,076 miles over the course of one week. They reached Grand Junction, C.O., known as Grand River Junction. Together they showed that working as a team, they could achieve greatness. The children also learned that working as a team, they have power.

By tallying their names as a group everyday and tracking them on a map, they realized that, as a group, they can do amazing things.

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