Friday, September 2, 2011

Morning Mile

 Morning Mile started at the girls' school this week. For each lap the kids make around the disgusting, dew laden grassy mud track (we're currently trying to raise funds for a real rubber track that will be sah-weet if we can get our rears in gear and get the last of the dough saved up), they get a slightly used plastic straw as a counter. 4 laps make a mile, and you get a charm in the shape of a foot for your specialty morning mile necklace for every 5 miles that you run...20 laps. This year, the feet glow in the dark. And since the girls have to wake up an extra 30 minutes earlier just to make it to morning mile, I have concluded that glow-in-the-dark feet are the best alarm clocks around this neck of the woods.
The eagerness of morning mile usually wanes once the mornings become cool enough to be uncomfortable (so usually a little before Christmas), but they are currently loving it. I can't help but adore the school's push to make this form of exercise fun, rewarding, and important. Its amazing to see the numerous kids who get to school extra early just to break a nice sweat while running around a nasty dirt track.


Kerri on September 2, 2011 at 7:59 PM said...

We have something very similiar at my oldest daughters school!!! Seriously, those charms are HUGE motivators!!

Kara on September 6, 2011 at 7:01 AM said...

As a fundraiser, my sis-in-law's elementary school is auctioning off 2 parking spots that will be the winner's spots the entire year (and one-month into the next school year when the hold the auction). If your pick-up line is anything like every other school's in the US, that will be a huge prize. The do it as an ebay auction and she made her max bid $500!

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