Running club gets kids on the move

Andrew Wagstaff
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Parrsboro Regional Elementary School offers a running club for students in Grades 3-6 after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and now carries a membership of 57 participants.

PARRSBORO - Inactivity may be a problem among some young people today, but more than 50 Parrsboro Regional Elementary School students did not get the memo.

The students from Grades 3-6 stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and participate in a running club, which sees them circle laps around a route near the school. Some run, some walk, but all of them seem to be having fun.

“It’s just to get active,” said Judy Brown, the teacher co-ordinating the club. “Probably 50 per cent of them walk mostly, but it’s better than sitting and watching TV.”

The club started at the school two years ago and now has 57 members, which is made up mostly of students but also includes teacher/parent volunteers.

Activity in the club begins in September and continues into October until colder weather and report card season begins to interfere. It resumed for 2013 last week.

As soon as they are dismissed, the participating students proceed to the school gymnasium for stretching and warm-up activities. They then move outside to the corner of Queen Street and School Street, and run their laps around a 0.75 km route in a less-traveled part of town.

An adult stands at the starting point and tallies each participant’s laps. Each participant gets a “toe token” for every 10 laps completed.

Organizations: Parrsboro Regional Elementary School

Geographic location: Queen Street

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