Washington-Monroe events - Relay Recess - Olympic dreams - Girls on
the Run - target health and fitness
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[May 16, 2016]
- On Thursday, May 12, Washington-Monroe Elementary School combined
three events that are health and fitness related. The American
Cancer Society's Relay Recess program was combined with an Olympic
theme for the week. The Relay Recess was also folded into a year-end
community project for the school's "Girls on the Run" chapter that
is preparing for a 5K.
Logan County youth are taking the messages of ‘healthy lifestyles’
into the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life as they
participated in the Relay Recess at their schools. “ROCKIN’ FOR A
CURE’ is the theme of the Logan County Relay, which has a goal of
eliminating this disease that has no boundaries of age.
Events in the Washington Monroe's Relay Recess included a "javelin
throw" through Olympic rings made from hula hoops, a ring toss with
cones, and running laps around the blacktop area.
The Girls on the Run had temporary tattoos for the children and had
them sign paper feet showing support for the Relay. The feet will be
displayed in the hallways of the school.
Students in each of the kindergarten through fifth grade classes at
Washington Monroe have also participated in a coin war this week.
The money raised will be donated to the Relay For Life fight against
The school has been celebrating their Spring Escape this week, which
is a spirit week with special dress up days and events. This year's
theme is the Olympics since it is a year for the Summer Olympics.
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In the afternoon, retired Olympic speedwalker Deborah Sullivan came
to speak to classes as part of the week's theme. Sullivan shared
stories of her time in the Olympics. Sullivan said she had dreamed
of being in the Olympics from third grade on, when she won races
against classmates. Because she was studious, people laughed at her.
Sullivan had students share some of their dreams of what they want
to be when they grow up and shared five lessons with them. Sullivan
said, "Believe in yourself - have dreams - work hard - take care of
yourself - and never quit." She also gave each student gifts in
Olympic colors to remind them to reach for the stars.
Through the day's activities, students learned about being healthy
and supporting the Relay cause.