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Sabrecat Running Club

By
Kathy Dean,   Summitt School Of Ahwatukee
Play:
Walk this Way — Start a Walking Club
Topics:
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Sabrecat Running  Club
Students and parents are encouraged to attend a before-school running/walking club two days a week for 25 minutes a session. Students pick up a pedometer and set out running or walking!  At the end of their session, the students record their steps and/or activity time. Students are rewarded for every 5 miles they complete. The rewards are Toe Tokens from Fitness Finders. Students can display their toe tokens as a backpack charm bracelet or they can wear them around their neck as a necklace, chain provided.

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

The Sabrecat Walking/Running club began the end of September and continues to meet two days a week until the end of school. The Sabrecat Running club has been ongoing for the past 8 years, encouraging students to wake up their bodies and minds through exercise before school starts!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our middle school students run with the younger students during the Fall as part of their training for cross country. It is an excellent way for the older students to model the much-needed aerobic exercise the kids need in order to help them think better and learn better in school. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to run/walk with their children. This is also a great way to model the importance of aerobic exercise.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Our students that participate in running club are able to focus better in the morning classes. They are able to get "their wiggles out". Students also report feeling better and having more energy throughout the day.