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Wildcats Running Club

David Thomas,   Clardy Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation

Students run after school once per week for up to 60 minutes. All students are eligible to participate. Some staff and parents join the kids and PE teachers each week. We collectively run over 200 miles per session.

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

We encourage all students to come to the club. We PE teachers want to encourage kids to get outside, exercise regularly and do so with their peers. We have encouraged teachers and parents to join us for their own enjoyment and benefit not just to help us supervise. We have worked with the High School to get some of our former kids to come back for Running Club after their day is done. Keeping it fun and building relationships should pay off with active kids well into the future.

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

Our biggest challenge has been accommodating the huge numbers of kids who want to run. We have early 40% of our students signed up to run. This has made parent parking for pickup, and rain days especially challenging. High School kids are getting to Clardy as soon as possible to help. We have alternate plans to dance off in the gym on rainy days. The last thing we want to do is limit our participation in after school activity but what a great problem to have!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We are seeing improved attendance on Running Club days. We are seeing better behaved students. We are hearing from our teachers that being in Running Club is improving the self-esteem of some of our students.