School Walking Club

School Walking Club Helps Students be Best Version of ME
Posted on 11/26/2019
Mason Elementary School third and fourth graders are on the move as part of a school-wide program relaunched this fall. Each Wednesday, students line up eagerly to "clock their miles." Over 75 percent of students are participating, and students clocked in 1564.80 miles just in October! 

"When [fourth grade] was part of Mason Intermediate, we formed a recess committee to find new activities for the students to do during recess since we did not have a playground. Other areas schools do walking programs, so we started looking into options for our campus. The PTO sponsored our Wednesday Walking Club in 2018.  This year, upon returning, we decided to continue Walking Wednesdays at the 3-4 level, and Mr. Powell was totally onboard to fund the program through the school budget.  Even though we have a playground now, many children have expressed an interest in other activities. We found that the Walking Club gives kids a calming activity during recess. Sometimes the playground can get loud and over stimulating for many kids. Wednesdays are a great time for them to try a new physical activity during recess time," explains Laura Franz, one of the Walking Committee organizers.

The Walking Club Committee of Principal Javaris Powell and teachers Franz, Megan Hollowell, Emily Matthews, Barbara Marotta, Diana Murawsky, Healther Murnan, and Kelley Olone help students scan their walking club tags so students can track their mileage, and stay motivated about their success. Students can earn the GOLDEN SHOE trophy for their class and wing each month by walking the most. 

"The librarians did an amazing job getting all of the cards laminated, hole punched, and chained.  Almost 1500 cards! Every child has been given the opportunity to walk. Some walk each week, some mix up their recess with some walking and then some other type of play," said Franz. " I think anytime students can get up and move, they improve their brain function and can realize that making healthy lifestyle choices can help them feel better!  Giving them a chance to just walk, as simple as it sounds, could impact them for life!"

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