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Stony Point North Students "Race Across America"

By
Ray Lipovac,   Stony Point North Elementary School
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Physical Activity Participation

During the 2014-2015 school year, the students and staff members at Stony Point North Elementary School focused on improving their fitness by completing four different races in a “Race Across America.” Students in grades 3-5 wore pedometers every day and reported their total miles in P.E. class. Each week the “Team Flags” representing each classroom/teacher team were moved across a large map of the United States. We had seven different teams of students divided by their classrooms, and also three teams of adults participating in our race. The race also involved other participants from the Kansas City School District. Dr. L, the superintendent, was the captain of a team from the KCK Central Office and Mayor H was the captain of the team from other KCK district staff members. 

From September 2014 through May 2015, we had four “races” across the United States. Our first was from San Diego to Kansas City, KS; the second race was from Kansas City, KS to New York City; the third race was from New York City to Miami; and the fourth and final race was from Miami back to Kansas City. Students and staff members kept track of miles walked or ran as they used their pedometers not only in school but out of school as well. Almost all students went well over 100 miles. This was a great activity that emphasized the importance of ongoing physical fitness in a friendly competition to reach our fitness goals.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

In our "Race Across America," we included not only students from our elementary school, but also our teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and district administrators.