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Community Involvement at the ABE Dolphin Dash 2016

Alexia Adcock-Stanford,   Atlantic Beach Elementary School
Community Involvement
Community Involvement at the ABE Dolphin Dash 2016

This year's success story at Atlantic Beach Elementary highlights our community involvement at our beloved annual Dolphin Dash. This year, the Dolphin Dash was held on March 17th, 2016, St. Patricks Day and the luck-o-the-Irish was with our runners. Staging an event like this takes many weeks of preparation and volunteer support from our community partners like the Weapons School, Robeks, and local Atlantic Beach city and government officials. The Weapons School members come out early to help set up a huge tent and then stay all day to run along side our students, providing pacing and encouragement for all the runners. Local City officials such as the mayor, city commissioner, and local police also ran with our students and even carried some of our smallest handicapped students to the finish line. Our business partner, Robecks, a local fresh fruit and smoothie shop, attended and gave out samples all day to our runners for a delicious and nutritious reward and the Fuel Up to Play 60 after-school club provided 100 oranges to supplement the snacking station. Program AdvisorAlexia Adcock-Stanford also donated her time to being the emcee for the day. Finally, this year it was hard to describe the excitement from our own students as we watched 5th grader JM break the ABE school record by completing 8 laps (1 mile) in a time of 6:02 and the overwhelming love and support from the students and adults that joined together around the last lap in bringing our last runner in for the day.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

They worked together to support the runners to finish the required laps for the Dolphin Dash. The Naval Weapons School volunteers helped to pace and encourage students to set goals and achieve them. Students and adults came to aid and support runners to keep on going. They worked together to organize the flow of students from the school building where numbers were pinned to shirts, to the stretching station and then to the starting line.