Mrs. Jane McLeod and Mrs. Whitney Brown's classes have completed their 1st mile of the Achilles Kids: Run to Learn program. They were each presented with a certificate celebrating this accomplishment.
Achilles Kids: Run to Learn program was developed in 1995 by Achilles International. The program consists of a series of physical and educational activities that integrate educational challenges and games with running, walking, rolling, or other forms of movement to encourage and motivate children to participate in regular physical activity.
It is based on a real 26.2 marathon, but done virtually. In a year-long gym activity, children do a number of laps each week. The laps are counted and converted into miles, and then charted as a 26.2 mile route on a map of their town. While the children are tackling the long-term accomplishment of completing the marathon, they are also realizing short-term achievements based on meeting weekly goals.
But the program goes far beyond the physical accomplishment of achieving their distance goals. It incorporates educational and physical activities, segmented by grade levels K through 6, that provide lessons in math, English, science, and nutrition.
The program is free and Achilles supplies classroom teachers and adaptive physical education teachers with all the training materials, customized virtual marathon maps of your city, as well as ancillary materials including Achilles Kids t-shirts, training log books, lap charts, 5 miler certificates, and half-marathoner medals.
Achilles Kids: Run to Learn is currently in over 350 schools in the U.S. with over 11,000 kids participating.