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Will you walk/run with me?

Tari Phares,   Black Hawk Elem
Success with Funds, Community Involvement,  Physical Activity Participation

We are in year two of implementing the 100 Mile Club at Black Hawk Elementary School. Our first year was a huge success! One morning last year I was approached by a parent who runs a daycare in the Black Hawk community. It so happened that she was an avid runner and a member of a local organization called the Black Hills Runners Club. She had much praise about our program. Long story short, she asked if there was anything their organization could do to support our 100 Mile Club. Since last spring, they have helped run our Celebration Family 3K on April 30, 2015. The vice president was our guest speaker at our end of the year awards ceremony. Her speech challenged our students to ask a friend the question "will you run with me?" That is our theme going into year two. They encouraged me to apply for funding through their organization in order to sustain our program. They donated $2,225 to help provide scholarships to students that could not afford the $10 incentives package. In the 2015/16 100 Mile Club season, 100% of our students and staff will be able to earn a construction yellow T-shirt at 25 miles, a pencil at 50 miles, a bracelet at 75, and a gold medal if they make it to 100+ miles. Yeah!!!! Black Hawk was recently recognized as a bronze medal National Healthy School through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and also an Active Schools award winner. We credit FUTP 60 with providing us tools and support to make positive healthy changes in our school environment.

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

We have made 100 Mile Club a tradition. We have community support with the Black Hills Runners Club. We have teachers on board to support the program. Our parents are a huge part of it and walk/jog with us on Monday and Friday mornings.

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

We will have to get creative in order to get miles as the winter months approach. Last year we counted movement breaks as miles if the kids did ten minutes of movement in the classroom.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I think the coolest thing 100 Mile Club has done for our school is build community. Kids and parents are exercising together towards a common goal.