Ready, Set, Run!

Porters Point School teachers kicked off an after-school RunVermont youth running program called Ready, Set, Run for students on April 2.

Ready, Set, Run activities will take place at PPS on Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the remainder of the school year. While registration for the program has closed because of the overwhelming response, organizers are thrilled with the student interest. “Over sixty-five students have signed up, which far exceeds our original expectations,” PPS second-grade teacher Natalie LaRose said. “Since the number of participants is so high, many adults have stepped up and said they would help out with the program … which speaks volumes about the wonderful community we have at PPS.”

PPS’s Kerry Connor and Tessa Warren initiated the launch of the program, and PPS’s Greg Kriger, Allison Donnelly, Meg Terrien, Jennifer Randall, and Natalie LaRose have teamed up with them to volunteer with helping to ensure its success.

The Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017’s pathways include, among others, Pathway F: Wellness-Oriented, Balanced, and Healthy Learners, and wellness is an integral part of the day at Porters Point School. Along with its extensive student walking program and other such activities as walk-to-school events, the students participate in the Five-a-Day Healthy Snack Month; offer input into meal choices; and enthusiastically participate in the breakfast program, Jump Rope for Heart, and more. PPS has also hosted the Harlem Globetrotter’s CHEER for Character program. Additionally, PPS hosted a grant-funded, collaborative, family-based, multidisciplinary approach to nutrition and wellness aimed at addressing childhood obesity and childhood malnutrition called “In Shape and In Season” that was highly successful.

For more information, please contact PPS at (802) 264-5920.

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