Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fifth-graders to take on KCK superintendent in two-mile run

They’re been running during recess, after school and on their own. They are gearing up for a challenge from the Superintendent of Schools – and they are getting physically fit in the process.

On April 6, teams of 15 fifth graders from each of the 30 elementary schools in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will be participating in the “Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader” 2-mile race against Superintendent  Cynthia Lane, and other administrative staff.

The race will start at 10 a.m. at Kansas City Kansas Community College and will end at the Washington High School stadium. Following the two-mile race will be a relay at the Washington track that will involve both physical and academic challenges.

The purpose of the event is to promote wellness of the mind, body and spirit.

“Good overall health plays a critical role in learning for all students,” said Cynthia Lane. “So I worked with my staff to create an event that would challenge our students to get healthy and get fit. My understanding is that students have been training and preparing for this event for several months and I’m thrilled with they way they have embraced this challenge.”

Roads will be blocked for the race, and water and snack stations will be set up along the route.

Fifth graders who will not be running will gather at the Washington High School stadium to cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line. The top 15 fifthgraders will receive medals.

The school with the highest number of students who beat Lane will have their photo taken with Lane for a plaque.