October 2019 Healthy Hero

October Healthy Hero: Riverview Elementary Running Club
Posted on 10/15/2019
2019 Riverview Elementary 5th Grade Running Club      The Riverview Elementary School Running Club was named the Farmington Area Public Schools Healthy Hero for the month of October! At the beginning of the school year, Rachel Olson, Riverview Elementary Physical Education Teacher, invited all members of the RVES community to join her in running a 5K at the Big Woods Run on October 12th. As a part of preparing for the Big Woods Run, all fifth grade students were invited to participate in a running club. They met for five weeks leading up to the main event and worked to gradually improve their running. 
    Although this opportunity has been open to fifth graders previously, this year they had a record 35 students participate. They began with short runs, working on pacing and practicing running with a buddy. The students gradually increased their running distance based on their individual ability level. On the final day students could choose to run a 5K or a 2 mile path. As they completed their final run, all students were cheered on by family, friends and school staff. 
     “I love this because it's for every kid. You don't have to be fast or play sports… just run at your own pace and finish. They cheer just as loud for the last person as they do for the first! Students learn self-motivation, goal setting, and most of all have confidence in themselves to accomplish something not everyone can do!” said Olson. 
     Adia Lien, a 5th grade running club member from Mr. Erbes' class said, "I love running club because you get to run with your friends and it's fun!"
     Thank you to all the running club participants and their families for setting a positive example of wellness in our schools and community. 

     Farmington Area Public Schools Healthy Heroes are members of our school community who have made positive changes to enhance wellness in their lives or the lives of others. They are selected from nominations submitted to our Farmington Area Public Schools Wellness Committee. For more information about the wellness committee please visit our website.
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