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McNeil 100 Mile Challenge

Tara Gomez,   Arthur Mcneil Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation
Our mission is to provide to all individuals the opportunity to experience fitness and personal success by accepting “The 100 Mile Challenge” of running (or walking) 100 miles at school and at home during a single school year. We hope to encourage students to get an extra 15 minutes or more of physical activity every day outside of recess and P.E. minutes during and outside of the school day. McNeil students will be learning more about the 100 Mile Club opportunities this week at school to help boost excitement about the program. Once students start to see their progression towards each milestone towards, students will practice goal setting, team spirit, perseverance, confidence, an honest self-evaluation. We want to celebrate each student as they reach each milestone along the way so our P.E. department offers incentives to all students at no cost to them. These incentives are called Toe Tokens, or charms they will collect as they reach each milestone of (25, 50, 75, and 100 miles). Students love to collect these fantastic toe tokens to show off their accomplishments toward the ultimate goal of earning a “Gold Medal!” Once students reach 100 miles, they will have received all 4 toe tokens which also means they will be awarded a gold medal at the end of the school year at a 100 Mile Club celebration during regular P.E. specials times. 

How did you accomplish your goals?

By supplying incentives throughout the journey, by displaying student progress and growth as the work towards short and log term goal setting, as well as encouraging families to get involved at home.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults work together as a team by challenging each other to create ways they can earn miles during and outside of the school day. For example, we have a 2nd grade teacher who uses pedometers with her math lessons and students can log those activity steps towards their progress charts.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I have noticed that we have had less tardies at school since we have allowed students to get to school early for an extra 15 minutes to earn laps in the gym before the school days starts.