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Physically Active Pirates

Chris Weatherford,   Mannford Elem Sch
Physical Activity Participation
Physically Active Pirates
We participate in the Walk/Bike to school program twice annually. The local cable/phone company provides breakfast bars and water. Our local PD provides an escort and OSU prevention programs provides incentive prizes. Faculty and students from junior high and high school also participate. This also helps our students accumulate miles for the Billion Mile Race and Marathon Kids programs.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our entire district and local paper help promote this event. Bus drivers help get faculty to the location and also 4th & 5th graders to their building. We had our custodian, secretaries, teachers and family members walking with the kids. The local police also assisted us. We have had local businesses contact us and want to be a part of this event. When our students see their teachers and peers out exercising and it's fun, they want to take part as well.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The only challenges we've faced so far was needing more people to control the crowd and get everyone started at the same time. I would also like to see more safety equipment on those who ride their bikes, scooters or rollerblades. I will continue to work on this by stressing in promotional fliers and I have various teachers who are going to assist with crowd control.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We will be participating in this event every May and October. We also have several sidewalks and places for people to walk/ride bikes and we continue to promote that physical activity through Marathon Kids, Billion Mile Race, etc.