Last year something exciting happened at the Whitter Middle School in Poland. The school was one of fifty schools across the US, and the only one in New England, selected for a grant to start a running program leading up to a 5k at the end of the season. A half hour before the end of the school day the bell rings and twice a week the 7th and 8th graders go out on the track. They follow the couch to 5k program in which student can choose to walk or run. The involvement of teachers is also a big part of the success of this program. Teachers are out there on the track training with the kids. As a result kids are taking risks in the classroom, because they are seeing that their teachers are taking a risk training along side them.
The program was such a success last year that they brought it back this year with a few additions. The first is the 50 mile club. Kids have been working to accumulate 50 miles since the beginning of September. When they hit 50 miles they get a shout out along with their favorite song played on the Q morning show. They have also partnered with Elm Street School's 4th through 6th graders this year to complete the walk/run program along with them.
This year's Tri-Town Family 5k takes place on November 10th at 10am on the Minot Community Trails. The theme of the race this year is Kids Run This Town. Anyone can take part and the best part...it's free! We have provided a link to register for the race and for more information on how you can make a donation to this program.