Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Using their imagination along with their legs

This sounds like a cool idea. Lake Grove Elementary School, in the Lake Oswego, Oregon, school district, invited kids to form four-kid teams to run, jog or walk around the playground three days a week during lunch recess. Teams get to chart their miles on a map, with the goal being to run the equivalent of a trip to the coast (a hundred miles) between April 10 and the end of the school year. For more, see the school's Bulletin for March 20-26, for starters. Look for the Lake Grove to Coast Relay for Kids (two entries).

hat tip: The Oregonian newspaper, dead tree edition, April 11, 2006, page B4.

What sorts of imagination-mixed-with-action activities does your local school have? Or your family? Or your neighborhood?


Michelle said...

A similar thing that happens in Richmond, Virginia: the Richmond Marathon is in November. There is a special kids' program where they are encouraged to run 1/2 to 1 (or more) miles a day for as many days as is necessary to get to 25 miles. Then on the day of the marathon, they can race in a kids' run of 1 mile to complete their mileage total and do their marathon too. There are all sorts of prizes given out, too - mostly discounts at local shops.

Kathryn Judson said...

Michelle, Thanks for the info!