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Spring 2009 Summary Report

Drawn by Harrington Elementary student (Albion Public Schools)


The main reason I like Mileage Club is because I enjoy running. I enjoy it because I can do it with a friend. This is a way I can talk, laugh and have a good time with a friend and exercise at the same time. The prizes are fun also. First, at 5 miles you get a toe token (1 card), then for 10 miles you get a color changing pencil (rub it between your hands) and a t-shirt charm, for 15 miles you get a stadium cup, at 20 you get a wrist band, 25 is a note holder. Student, Ezra Eby Elementary (Napoleon Community Schools)


This report provides information regarding the 2009 Allegiance Health sponsored Mileage Club program, but here is the crux of the what all this means:

Over 6,000 elementary students participate in Mileage Club. This is about 56% of our elementary population.

90% of all eligible elementary schools are involved in Mileage Club. Only 4 elementary schools do not run the Mileage Club. One of these 4 schools has faithfully participated in the past, and was signed up this year, but did not complete the course.

Students complete an average of

Students averaged of

1/2 mile each time they walk/run.

13 miles each this year.

The snow and rain reduced the number of days of participation and thus the mileage.

Over 900 students completed a Marathon.


Summary The Allegiance Health sponsored Mileage Club program is helping more than half of our elementary students obtain the recommended amount of exercise each day they participate and is establishing healthy attitudes toward, and habits of, lifelong exercise.


34 Participating Schools Jackson County Intermediate School District

Lyle Torrant Center

Columbia School District *

Brooklyn Elementary Miller Elementary

Concord Community Schools*

Concord Elementary

East Jackson Community Schools*

Bertha Robinson Elementary Memorial Elementary

Grass Lake Community Schools*

George Long Elementary

Hanover-Horton School District*

Hanover-Horton Elementary

Jackson Public Schools

Bennett Elementary Cascades Elementary Dibble Elementary Frost Elementary Hunt Elementary McCulloch Elementary Northeast Elementary

Michigan Center School District*

Arnold Elementary Keicher Elementary


Napoleon Community Schools*

Ezra Eby Elementary

Northwest Community Schools

Parnall Elementary

Springport Public Schools*

Springport Elementary

Vandercook Lake Public Schools*

Townsend Elementary

Western School District*

Bean Elementary Parma Elementary Warner Elementary

Public School Academies

Jackson Arts & Technology Paragon Charter Academy

Non-Public Schools

Jackson Christian Elementary Our Lady of Fatima Queen of the Miraculous Medal School St. Mary School Trinity Lutheran School

Albion Public Schools*

Caldwell Elementary Harrington Elementary

Leslie Public Schools*

Woodward Elementary

* All elementary schools of that district are involved in Mileage Club.


2009 HIGHLIGHTS

34 schools participated (at least one school from each district)

56% of the students (5,912) walked at least 5 miles* 80,511 miles walked

*

14 Mileage Club Relay teams participated in the Rose Run *Five schools did not provide a voluntary summary and are not included in this report. Therefore, the number of students participating and the reported number of miles walked is much lower than actual.


Bean Elementary (Western Public Schools) used the Mileage Club program as

part of their Destination Imagination project. Their goal was to promote healthy eating/exercise habits among the students at their school. They decided to conduct a winter Mileage Club (usually it is held in the fall or spring). They also hosted a Christmas walk with music, healthy food and prizes. (See the enclosed folder.)

Eighteen (more than half) of our Coordinators have been involved with Mileage Club for more than five years. In fact, some of them hit the 10-year mark this year. It is amazing when volunteers stay that long in any volunteer position. We have very dedicated individuals who care about the health and welfare of our children and see the value of the Mileage Club program.

The 39th annual Rose Run added a special run for the Mileage Club students. A team of three - one Mileage Club student, one adult and another member - ran a 5-mile course. Fourteen teams participated in this inaugural run and it is reported that they had a wonderful time. The number of students participating in the Fun Runs increased this year due to more Mileage Club students. The Rose Run officials are looking forward to including more Mileage Club students next year.


SELECTED SCHOOL SPOTLIGHTS Brooklyn Elementary (Columbia School District) continues to be a solid participant. The

two coordinators, Monika Cook and Debbie Powell, have conducted the program for several years and they know how to motivate the kids. They had 93% of the students complete 5 miles. Of these students 83% completed 10 miles and almost one quarter (23%) completed 25 miles.

Memorial Elementary (East Jackson Community Schools) held “Family Fit Nights� for

their community. The principal, Beth Murphy, organized these once a week events for local families to come walk at the school. Way to go Memorial.

Cascades and McCulloch Elementaries (Jackson Public Schools) were led by Eric Swihart, the physical education teacher. It has been years since McCulloch was involved and we are so glad that Eric was able to reintroduce Mileage Club to the McCulloch students. Together, Cascades and McCulloch schools had 80% of their students complete 5 miles and of those students 64% completed 10 miles.

Frost Elementary (Jackson Public Schools) for the first time in a long time had the entire

school involved in Mileage Club. Donna Lake, the coordinator and a 4th grade science teacher, has worked for years to get everyone on-board. She finally accomplished her goal in her final year of teaching. Donna retired this year and we will dearly miss her enthusiasm at Frost.

George Long Elementary (Grass Lake Community Schools) did a great job. The

coordinator, JoAnn Karle is also the physical education teacher. JoAnn provided three opportunities for the students to participate, during physical education class and at both recess times. The students averaged 12 miles each over the six-week program.


Keicher Elementary (Michigan Center School District) is back on the track. Their new

principal, Johanna Pscodna, used to be the Mileage Club coordinator at Concord Elementary. She has brought her enthusiasm and training to Keicher and the students are responding.

Memorial Elementary (East Jackson Community Schools) is led by a dynamic coordinator,

Meeka Sova. She has led Memorial for many years and she once again did a great job with 83% of her students completing five miles.

Northeast Elementary (Jackson Public Schools) is going strong. Each day every student

walks at least 2 laps on the one-third of a mile course. By doing this, Kelly Williams, the Mileage Club coordinator had every student complete 5 miles. This is amazing in a school of 700 students. And the amazing figures continue, 500 students completed 10 miles, 425 completed 15 miles, 275 completed 20 miles, 150 students completed 25 miles and another 100 went to the 30 mile mark. This proves how easy it is for students to be involved in lifetime physical activity if given the opportunity.

Queen of the Miraculouos Medal joined us again this year for Mileage Club. The

coordinator, Jean Bullinger, did a wonderful job for her first year of coordinating. She had 100% of the students (308) complete 5 miles, with 227 of these students continuing on to 10 miles.

Lyle Torrant Center (Jackson County ISD) had another great year. Students and staff

both enjoy the opportunity to walk as is evident by the fact that 84% of the students completed 5 miles. They had 22 students complete a marathon and 3 students went 40 miles. The coordiantor, Brenda Manthei, is very proud of her students.

Bennett Elementary Students (Jackson Public Schools)


On The Road With Mileage Club Memorial Elementary (East Jackson Community Schools) Our principal (Beth Murphy) coordinated a “Family Fit Night” once a week. Families from the community came and walked. Meeka Sova, Coordinator George Long Elementary (Grass Lake Community Schools)

The kids love Mileage Club! I do too. Mileage Club is a great way to incorporate physical fitness into my healthy program. The prizes are great. I will be walking with my students in the fall until the weather is too bad. They like to walk even without prizes! JoAnn Karle, Physical Education Teacher

Hanover-Horton Elementary (Hanover-Horton School District) The Mileage Club is a wonderful program. My students have loved it and used it greatly to their benefit. It’s helped them become more physically fit. This program also has a positive affect on behavior. It has helped unite my class by encouraging fitness goals and activity. I’m sure we’ll all be looking forward to it again next year. Frank Clement, 3rd grade teacher My students formed teams. The team with the most smiles gets an award. I also challenged the class by agreeing to run a marathon myself if ten of my students earned a marathon prize. Three have completed a marathon so far. My kids have walked/ran more than 184 miles, a class average of 8 miles per student! Thank you for this awesome program! Kathy S. Salow, 4th grade Teacher

Bennett Elementary (Jackson Public Schools)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for offering Mileage Club to our students. It encourages them to exercise and have fun at the same time. I would also like to thank you for your hard work and dedication to our kids. This wouldn’t be possible without you. Bennett School had fun this year and we look forward to next year. Scott Hutchins, Principal


Cascades Elementary (Jackson Public Schools)

This is my first year using Mileage Club and am excited about implementing it next year. The kids love the structure and objective measurement of their efforts. Eric Swihart, Physical Education Teacher

Frost Elementary (Jackson Public Schools)

My student who finished 14 cards was so excited everyday to be able to have FUN! He is a great guy. This was wonderful for his self-esteem to be able to accomplish this remarkable amount of cards! Mrs. Oudekerk, 6th grade Teacher They enjoyed and were eager about the Mileage program, especially when we first began. Towards the end, as it got warmer outside, many of the students chose to play on the playground instead. Mrs. Swanson, 2nd grade Teacher The Mileage program is a perfect program for recess. It allowed students who love to walk or run that opportunity rather than just playing on some of the equipment. It also gave some of the students a chance to excel in an area other than the academics. Plus, the program gave some of our parents who want to help out in some way at school that opportunity. Never mind the fact that it encourages a healthy lifestyle, let’s get those kidsmoving early so that it becomes a part of their daily routine as they grow up. Mrs. Lake, 4th grade Teacher

Hunt Elementary (Jackson Public Schools)

The kids love Mileage Club at Hunt! The younger ones are very motivated and are the biggest walkers. The older ones (5 &6th) seem to lose interest after a couple of weeks. They are the ones that need it the most. Karen Lishinski, Coordinator

Northeast Elementary (Jackson Public Schools)

Mileage Club is great! NE students enjoying walking is great to see. Mr. Sims, NE Principal, has stood behind promoting exercise and eating healthy. He sent an e-mail to all teachers requireing them to participate in Mileage. When its a sunny day you can see at least 300-400 kids walking at once. What a great picture. Kelly Willimas, Coordinator

Arnold Elementary (Michigan Center Schools)

It’s a great alternative to normal activities on the playground - kids love the toe tokens! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Kelly McCloughan, Principal

Keicher Elementary (Michigan Center Schools) We had a lot of students who really enjoyed Mileage Club. Some of the kids set a goal of how many miles they wanted to complete each day that we had Mileage Club. Others just came out and would walk if they felt like it or if they had a friend that wanted to walk. We had two students that would run everyday and loved it. It was really great to see the kids having fun with this and encouraging other kids. I hope we can offer this program next year. Thank you. Kristine Holubowicz, Coordinator


Springport Elementary (Springport Public Schools)

Time of year. Would like to start right after spring break. Students lost interest when the temps rose above 70 degrees. Also too many conflicts with field trips and other school events. I’ve coordinated this program for 3 years with Sparrow at another school. It’s a great program. The only thing I would change is to give the school a wider range of flexibility to which weeks to run the program. Lisa Lee, Parent Volunteer

Townsend Elementary (Vandercook Lake Public Schools)

Our # of miles are up this year because we now have all day kindergarten and they had an extra recess where they did Mileage exclusively. Almost every kindergartner did 30 miles plus! We found this activity very helpful for the kindergartens. They needed this “brain break” and exercise opportunity to maximize their learning potential. We found the kdg’s could settle and concentrate better after doing Mileage Club mid-morning. We have 8 teams running in the 5-mile relay/Rose run event! Thank you Fitness Finders and Allegiance Health for sponsoring this wonderful program! Michelle Boorman, Coordinator

Parma Elementary (Western School District)

This was our first year to include Kindergarten students! It actually went rather smoothly. Yeaaaa! One kindergartner had earned 2 orange foot tokens and 1 blue. He wanted to extend Mileage Club so he could earn 1 more blue token so that he could do an “A-B pattern!” Pamela Grandstaff, Playground Aid/Coordinator

Jackson Arts and Technology (Public Academy)

Mileage Club is a great program unfortunately we do not get a lot of parent volunteers which limits the amount of time the kids can run. We did not have many teachers buy into Mileage Club this year or pass out cards for students to participate during recess. I think this was due to the fact that we had a lot of new teachers this year that did not want to take on Mileage Club. I am hoping for a better turn out next year. Kim Leathead, Teacher/Coordinator

Queen of the Miraculous Medal (Private)

Our students loved the incentives! Especially the t-shirt tokens!! For some reason, they loved them the most. I know some schools make Mileage Club optional. At Queens it is manditory, but we hear no complaints. They love to see their names on the posters too! Thank you so much! Jean Bullinger, Coordinator


ST. MARY SCHOOL The highest miles covered per day average occurred at St. Mary School, with over 1 mile per student per day. This is probably due to the fact that they had so few days to walk. St. Mary’s only walks three days a week, so with many rain days and several days when the course was unavailable due to funerals at the church, the students were anxious to get moving. It appears that the students worked extra hard to make up for lost time whenever they were able to walk. St. Mary School said good-bye this year to a wonderful coordinator, Terri Hawkins. Terri has been the ever faithful coordinator at St. Mary for 10 years. Her youngerst child is graduating from St. Mary so she is handing off the baton. Terri’s enthusiasm and organization will be missed at St. Mary School. Her dedication was evident in that she ran Mileage Club both fall and spring each year. What a joy it has been to work with Terri for these ten years. The facing page is a summary of how the students at St. Mary used Mileage Club to help a young man from the St. Mary family. What a wonderful gift to a hurting family.


HARRINGTON ELEMENTARY (ALBION PUBLIC SCHOOLS) Harrington Elementary had a new coordinator this year. Lovie Smith was moved from Washington Elementary (when it closed) to Harrington, and it was to their advantage. Harrington had 89% of their students complete 5 miles. Of those students, 85% completed 10 miles, 69% completed 15 miles and over one-third completed 25 miles. Fifteen students went all the way to 45 miles and two students completed 70 miles. The average mileage was over 18 miles per student. Way to go Harrington!! Lovie sent us a number of notes from the students. The following pages include a sampling of those notes. It appears that the students at Harrington Elementary enjoy Mileage Club and the prizes.


WOODWORTH ELEMENTARY (LESLIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS) Woodworth Elementary once again did a fabulous job. The 493 students (98%) who participated averaged over 25 miles each for a total of 12,650 miles. Their fearless leader, Jim Hanson, as always made Mileage Club a hit for Woodworth. However, due to budgetary changes, Jim has been moved from his postion as the elementary program director to the middle school. It is a sad announcement for the students at Woodworth and for Mileage Club but hopefully the staff at Woodworth will continue this great tradition. Jim sent us a few comments, an ariticle about Mileage Club and some notes for the students.

A note from Jim I have been directing the Mileage Club program here at Woodworth Elementary School for the past nine years. It is a fantastic program! With the help of our local Leslie PTO and other gracious individuals, I have seen our average total miles increase from about 2,500 nine years ago to 10,000 to 14,000 annually each spring! Mileage Club is huge at Woodworth! Top mileage members have won hot-air balloon rides the past two years, we have awarded a Pizza Party to the top classrooms in every grade, given “Special Surprise Prizes” award to “Top 10” (or more) runners in every grade at lunch “award assemblies,” and this year we ended the final day of Mileage Club by having every single classroom walk two laps all together on the High School Track (500 children, plus teachers and many parents all on the track at the same time!!!) Our kids wait all winter for the start of this wonderful program! I like to tell them that we complete more miles thatn any other elementary school in the state of Michigan (I don’t know if that’s true, but I would think we must be one of the best)! Thank you so much for all you do for the children!!! Jim Hanson, Woodworth Program Director


(Jackson Public Schools)

Bennett Elementary

(Hanover-Horton School Dist.)

Hanover-Horton Elem.

(Grass Lake Comm. Schools)

George Long Elem.

(E. Jackson Comm. Schools)

Memorial Elemetary

(E. Jackson Comm. Schools)

Bertha Robinson Elem.

(Concord Comm. Schools)

Concord Elementary

(Columbia School District)

Miller Elementary

(Columbia School District)

Brooklyn Elementary

(Jackson Inter. School District)

Lyle Torrant

School

595

160

1,525

4,100

1,765

770

292

287

358

570

429

810

370

410

5,165

335

# of Total Students Mileage 75 1,175

116

192

358

238

19

74

100

313

5 miles 63

27%

34%

100%

83%

7%

18%

27%

93%

84%

%

12

80

135

46

5

21

35

261

10 miles 46

10%

42%

38%

19%

26%

28%

35%

83%

73%

%*

8

37

110

12

4

15

18

162

15 miles 37

7%

19%

31%

5%

21%

20%

18%

52%

59%

%*

2

11

40

2

1

3

2

72

25 miles 22

2%

6%

11%

1%

5%

4%

2%

23%

30 miles (1 student)

50 miles (1 student)

150 miles (2 students)

25 miles (1 student)

25 miles (1 student)

30 miles (1 student)

35 miles (1 student)

70 miles (1 student)

K-6

K-5

2-5

K-5

K-5

K-5

K-5

K-5

5 (36)

5 (25)

5 (40)

2 (12)

2 (15)

5 (30)

5 (22)

5 (30)

Highest Grades Days/ Mileage Week 35% 40 miles -5 (3 students) (30)

%*


2,010

1,235

3,695

399

600

424

405

580

Townsend Elementary

(Vandercook Lake Schools)

(Springport Public Schools)

Springport Elementary

(Northwest School District)

Parnall Elementary

(Napoleon Comm. Schools)

Ezra Eby Elementary

(Michigan Center Schools)

Keicher Elementary

(Michigan Center Schools)

7,871

2,405

540

298

10,750

1,345

3,110

Arnold Elementary

(Jackson Public Schools)

5 miles 390

265

270

313

137

238

76

700

100

256

No report

700

510

750

(180)

# of Total Students Mileage 488 3,960

Northeast Elementary

(Jackson Public Schools)

Hunt Elementary

(Jackson Public Schools)

Frost Elementary

(Jackson Public Schools)

Dibble Elementary

(Jackson Public Schools)

Cascades/McCulloch

School

46%

67%

74%

23%

60%

26%

100%

20%

34%

80

%

226

138

155

51

92

21

500

60

161

10 miles 249

85%

51%

50%

37%

39%

28%

71%

60%

63%

64

%*

197

50

125

30

41

7

425

50

100

15 miles 90

74%

19%

40%

22%

17%

9%

61%

50%

39%

23

%*

159

4

41

11

8

2

150

10

21

25 miles 13

60%

1%

13%

8%

3%

3%

21%

10%

8%

3

%*

K-6

> 75 miles (3 students)

35 miles (3 students)

45 miles (1 student)

30 miles (2 students)

35 miles (1 student)

25 miles (2 students)

30 miles (100 students)

K-5

K-5

2-3

1-5

3-6

Y5 - 2

K-6

35 miles PreK-6 (3 students)

90 miles (1 student)

170

(all year)

5 (16)

5 (28)

4 (?)

2-3 (17)

3 (?)

5 (30)

5 (34)

5 (25)

Highest Grades Days/ Mileage Week 45 miles K-5 5 (1 student) (20)


104

(400) 120

(100)

308

142

(90) 95

Jackson Arts and Tech.

Paragon School

Jackson Christian Elem.

Our Lady of Fatima

Queen of the Miraculous Medal (Private School)

St. Mary School

Trinity Lutheran

Caldwell Elementary

(Albion Public Schools)

(Private School)

(Private School)

(Private School)

(Private School)

(Public Academy)

(Public Academy)

(Western School District)

(390)

371

238

5 miles 111

32

69

88

308

1180

68

No report

1,495

3,450

No report

725

No report

290

No report

1,690

# of Total Students Mileage 400 835

Warner Elementary

(Western School District)

Parma Elementary

(Western School District)

Bean Elementary

School

72%

62

100

58

31

64

28%

%

66

76

227

30

10

66

10 miles 42

97%

86

74

43

31%

28%

38%

%*

56

57

114

16

6

20

15 miles 8

82%

65%

37%

23%

19%

8%

7%

%*

8

18

8

7

4

3

25 miles 1

12%

20%

3%

10%

13%

1%

1%

%*

50 miles (1 student)

50 miles (1 student)

45 miles (1 student)

45 miles (1 student)

25 miles (4 students)

40 miles (1 student)

K

K-6

K-6

Y5 -5

K-6

K-5

5

2 (10)

3 (15)

5 (28)

5 (35)

3 (14)

Highest Grades Days/ Mileage Week 45 miles K-5 3 (1 student) (14)


16%

917

39%

2,294

80,511 5,912 56% 3,499 59% 10,647 A total of 11,807 students had opportunity to participate but 5 schools did not provide a report so those students are not included in this total. 9 schools had over 75% of their students complete 5 miles • Brooklyn Elementary (Columbia) 93% • Cascades Elementary (JPS) 80% • George Long Elementary (Grass Lake) 100% • Harrington Elementary (Albion) 89% • Memorial Elementary (East Jackson) 83% • Northeast Elementary (JPS) 100% • Queen of the Miraculous Medal 100% • Torrant Center (ISD) 84% • Woodworth Elementary (Leslie) 98%

*Percentage of 5 milers

The above chart details: • The number of students in each school who had opportunity to participate. • The total mileage for each school. • The number and percentage of students who walked at lesat 5 miles (one card). • The number and percentage of students who completed 10, 15 and 25 miles (the percentage is figured according to the number who completed 5 miles). • The highest mileage mark for tha school and the number of students who attained that mark. • The grade of the students involved in Mileage Club at that school. • The number of days per week that Mileage Club was scheduled and the actual number of days walked.

Totals

444 (11 students)

K-4

5 (32)

98%

112 miles

39%

194

61%

300

493

85%

%*

90%

12,650

(Leslie Public Schools)

504

Woodworth Elementary

(Albion Public Schools)

89%

%* 69%

Harrington Elementary

10 miles 244

%*

Highest Grades Days/ Week Mileage 5 1-4 70 miles 35% (27) (2 students)

%

25 miles 100

5 miles 287

15 miles 199

Total # of Students Mileage 5,210 323

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