- February 19, 2015
Throughout the 2014-2015 school year our Kids Rock school teams have been gearing up for spring training season. In preparation for their training, we asked our team captains what activities they like to integrate into their school programs to help promote fitness and healthy living. For a period of 3 weeks our captains shared inspiring, fun ways to get their students excited for the big race day on April 26. We rewarded the top ideas and are excited to share them with everyone.
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Crockett Elementary -
When a student signs up we call out their name in class and then we place a tennis shoe with his/her name on it and place it on the wall outside the gym for everyone to see. (Picture above)
We also include a list of students name with grade and place on the wall outside the gym – this way the students can see what grade is in the lead as we announce what grades have the most student’s signed up!
Students receive a necklace and tennis shoe tokens for their mile and on the final celebration day we give the 26.2 token to each student.
On our celebration day when we hand out the students bib numbers we have popsicles for the children as a reward as well.
Edmonson Elementary -
The school “theme” this year is having all the participating kids complete a “what’s your hashtag.” The students will decorate and write their #hashtag (something related to the marathon, running, being fit, etc.)
Beside the printed hash tags we made for all the kids (1/2 sheet of paper)….we will hang these in our gym, displaying all the kids participating and all the cool hash tags they come up with.
Coles Ferry Elementary Cougars -
Our team is getting ready to start our Saturday morning training runs. Team members will have 10 Saturdays offered to them for training runs. We meet for one hour and our goal is to complete at least two miles during each training run. Most members complete more than two miles. I break up the training run day into two halves. For the first 30 minutes the members run/walk. We focus on proper stretching, warm up, pacing, cool down, and proper nutrition.
The last half of the meeting (30 minutes) I reward the team members with a fun game. Parents are also involved during this and usually walk and jog with their children and sometimes take part in the game during the last half of the meeting. Younger siblings are also encouraged to participate in training runs as well even if they are not participating in the marathon because they are too young. Since I have been providing these training runs for several years now I have seen the really young siblings finally make it to school age and actually become participants in the marathon.
We usually meet at our school (Coles Ferry Elementary) but we will also at times meet at the local park, high school track, and other local area tracks to keep it “fresh” for the team members. Even when it’s held at the school I will change the course so it’s not the same every time.
When a student joins the team they get a paper cut out personalized with his/her name “track shoe” that goes on the Kids Rock Marathon wall that is located in the hallway next to our gym. Each time they participate in a training run they earn a sticker on the track shoe. The team members love to see the stickers add up as the weeks go by. They also receive a certificate of participation each time they come to a training run. After Kids Rock Marathon is completed members receive their tracks shoes and a picture of themselves that is taken when they cross the finish line holding their finisher’s medal.
The Friday before the marathon all team members come to the gym wearing their Coles Ferry Cougars team shirts for a team picture. This picture is submitted to the local papers along with a description and web link for the Kids Rock Marathon and also featured on our school news show “CFE Live.” The next day after Kids Rock Marathon (Monday) at school students wear their Kids Rock Marathon shirts and are allowed to wear their finishers medal.Read Full Story »