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Small But Mighty

By
Hether Darnell,   Pettit Park School
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Small But Mighty

We started the 100 Mile Club this year at Pettit Park Elementary School. We were not able to start until January but, incredibly, over 200 of our 325 students were still able to earn their t-shirts due to the hard work and dedication they have shown. The students, staff, and community members have really come together to support each other and cheer each other on. We hope to continue to get bigger and better each year. Our team has proven that we may be small but we are mighty.

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

The greatest challenge we faced was time. We did not start the 100 Mile Club program until January and with Indiana weather I was not sure how many opportunities our students would have to get outside and earn their miles. So we created an inside running track in the hallways (students were excited to have permission to run in the halls) so there were no missed opportunities for physical activity and earning miles.......and the excitement filled the building.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The biggest improvement we saw throughout the school was unity. Everyone was working toward a common goal and cheering each other on. Older students stepped up to mentor and encourage the younger ones, and students were excited to have their teachers running alongside them. It was also a great way for students to connect with other students outside of their own classroom and because of the excitement shared at home, parents were happy to get involved and offer their support.

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

We plan to continue the 100 Mile Club and hopefully it will grow to be bigger and better each year. We held a Color Run fundraiser this year that was a huge hit with students, staff, and community members and look forward to making that an annual event. We are also looking forward to running our final mile together at our local high school track joined by high school track students and our school mascot. We will celebrate all of our successes, hard work, and personal goals reached.