Jackson Area Schools Spring Report (2010)

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Our students this year walked over 97,000 miles, a new record! And this is how they did it: 6,600 walked 5 miles and crossed the Mackinac Bridge.

4,043 continued on to walk the entire Falling Waters Trail.

2,704 students went on to complete the Cascades running path 15 times.

1,745 of those students took 10 laps around Michigan International Speedway.

We also had:

Almost 1,200 students completed a marathon (26.2 miles).

199 students complete 50 miles & 21 students complete 75 miles!

35 of 38 schools participated in Mileage Club (this is a record). 5 schools did not return summary reports (a voluntary report), so the numbers could be even higher but we are thrilled with what we have. 60% of our students completed 5 miles (this is the highest percentage since 1994)!

5 schools had 90-99% of their students complete 5 miles Brooklyn Elementary (Columbia) Memorial Elementary (E. Jackson) Queen of the Miraculous Medal Jackson Christian Elementary St. Mary Star of the Sea

91% 96% 96% 98% 99%

3 schools had 80-90% of their students complete 5 miles Woodworth Elementary (Leslie) Parnall Elementary (Northwest) Cascades Elementary (JPS)

80% 85% 87%

5 schools had 100% participation! Caldwell Elementary (Albion Public Schools) George Long Elementary (Grass Lake Schools) Harrington Elementary (Albion Public Schools) Lyle Torrant Center (Jackson Public Schools) Northeast Elementary (Jackson Public Schools)

The following slides highlight some of the schools and their accomplishments. For your enjoyment we have also included notes and pictures provided by our Mileage Club students.

Townsend Elementary (Vandercook Lake Public Schools)

Townsend Elementary conducts a year-long program under the direction of Michelle.

The following pictures and notes are provided by the students at Townsend. The students obviously like Mileage Club.

Bennett Elementary (Jackson Public Schools)

In only it’s second year, Bennett Elementary, under the direction of Scott, Principal, and Jodi, a parent volunteer, is doing a wonderful job. Jodi writes: Thank you for offering Mileage Club to our students again this year. It has been a fun and healthy opportunity for our students. Our students were very eager and excited to meet their goals. With students pushing each other 12 of our students accomplished the marathon this year. Thank you from Bennett School.

These three young men were the top Mileage Club students at Bennett Elementary.

Brooklyn Elementary (Columbia School District)

The students at Brooklyn Elementary traditionally complete many, many miles during Mileage Club. This year 91% of the students completed one card and the average per student mileage was over 17 miles!

Caldwell Elementary (Albion Public Schools)

The Mileage Club program at Caldwell Elementary is coordinated by Nichole, a Kindergarten teacher. These Pre-K and Kindergarteners get their legs moving as 100% of the students completed 5 miles (one card). As a school they covered 900 miles!

Harrington Elementary (Albion Public Schools)

When the students leave Caldwell and go to Harrington Elementary they are obviously ready to walk. And walk they did. Under the direction of Lovie 100% of these 2nd – 5th graders walked 15 miles! The 382 students logged 9,880 miles. Way to go! Lovie writes: The teachers and students look forward to Mileage Club every year. Please thank the sponsors and thank you.

George Long Elementary (Grass Lake Community Schools)

George Long is a 100% participation school! Under the leadership of Physical Education teacher JoAnn, all 390 students at George Long walked at least 5 miles. JoAnn keeps her students walking all year long in an indoor area, so they are ready to go when the Allegiance Health sponsored Mileage Club begins in the spring.

Jackson Christian Elementary Lori, elementary secretary, coordinates the Mileage Club program for Jackson Christian. The students averaged 14 miles each! 98% of the students (112 of 114) completed 5 miles. Two students completed 70 miles. Lori writes: I have a handful of VERY! competitive students and they love to see how many cards they can complete during Mileage Club. They also love to make me crazy by going above and beyond the Marathon Award.

Hanover-Horton Elementary (Hanover-Horton School District)

The Hanover-Horton program is conducted by Cindy, Principal, and Louise, a volunteer. Hanover-Horton did a great job this year especially the 5th grade class taught by Kathy. Kathy writes: Every year, I challenge the students in my class to set a walking goal. For an extra challenge I said that if any 5 of them completed 26.2 miles, that I would run a marathon. Guess what? I had to run a marathon!

Paragon Charter Academy Ben, the Physical Education teacher, coordinates the program at Paragon along with the assistance of Jill. Only 16 days were available for walking, but over half the students completed one card and together they covered 2,365 miles! Ben writes: Teachers love it! At a time when students need something new Mileage Club offers it...Thanks Allegiance, for offering Jackson County this opportunity – it is much appreciated here!

Note the hill in the drawing. Paragon has a hill on its course and it must be significant for almost every student included the hill in his/her drawing.

Hunt Elementary (Jackson Public Schools)

Karen, the school nurse, coordinates Mileage Club at Hunt. The students really walked this year with 68% completing one card and 43 running a marathon. They did a total of 5,041 miles at Hunt, averaging 14 ½ miles per student. Karen writes: Mileage Club provided the motivation for most of our kids to get outside and move! Teachers loved taking their kids out during regular class as a reward. The teachers thought the program truly was a benefit to the students.

East Jackson Memorial School (East Jackson Community Schools)

Meeka, Physical Education teacher at Memorial, coordinated a wonderful program this year. Mileage Club is offered only two days per week but she still had 263 of 273 students complete one card and 2 kids completed a marathon! Meeka writes: I have an obese young man who is unmotivated for any type of activity. This year after he earned his chain it was like a fire was lit under him. He was finishing 1-1 1/2 miles each day. His mother commented on his eagerness to get out and walk. He was successful at his own rate and that was awesome.

Northeast Elementary (Jackson Public Schools)

The Northeast Mileage Club program is coordinated by Kelly, the health educator. Northeast Elementary is amazing! Every day the teachers take their classes out to walk. Each student walks at least one mile per day. The Northeast students walked almost 13,000 miles! In fact, every student did at least 10 miles with 250 students completing a marathon!

Average mileage? Over 20 miles per child. Way to go Northeast!

Parma Elementary (Western School District)

Pamela, playground supervisor, led the Parma Mileage Club program to it’s best year ever. Of the 365 students, 256 (70%) completed one card. They covered almost 2,000 miles and six students finished the marathon. Pamela writes: Many prizes given out this year! We had 6 marathon runners!!

Queen of the Miraculous Medal

Jean, a parent volunteer, coordinated the Mileage Club this year.

The students at Queen were just short of 100% participation (they had 96%) but 199 of them completed 15 miles! That is a great accomplishment. Jean writes: It was a little more difficult this year with the 15 miler club. Giving the students a choice (of prizes) took a little extra time out from the teachers but on a positive note the students loved to make their choice. Thanks so much. We love Mileage Club.

Springport Elementary (Springport Public Schools)

Lisa, a volunteer parent, coordinates Mileage Club at Springport Elementary. They provide Mileage Club in the morning. Students walk when they first arrive at school. What a great way to start the day. Lisa writes: As a volunteer, the students greet me every day and ask if I or one of the adults will walk a lap with them. They really appreciate having someone ask them “how was your weekend?” or “what are you going to do this summer?” The students really feel valued when adults take time to talk with them.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Julia, the principal, coordinated Mileage Club this year at St. Mary. They had 131 of 132 students complete one card, 59 students completed a marathon and one student did more than 75 miles. St. Mary students averaged 26 miles each! Julia writes: Mileage Club has become a treasured tradition at St. Mary Star of the Sea. It is an important part of our mission to build healthy skills for a lifetime. We have finally convinced “most� of our athletes that strong hearts and running endurance are at least as important as practicing free throws! This year we set a school record with all but one student walking/running at least 5 miles. Thank You. Thank You.

Woodworth Elementary (Leslie Community Schools)

Woodworth Elementary acquired a new coordinator this year, Amanda, who hit the ground running and kept the Woodworth tradition going. Once again Woodworth covered over 10,000 miles - this makes 4 years in a row! The average mileage - over 25 miles per student!

This young lady thinks Allegiance does such a good job that you should get a raise!

Having read this report, I am sure you are impressed with the dedication and tremendous impact Mileage Club has on the students of the Jackson County area schools. Thank you Allegiance Health for the opportunity to improve the health and fitness of our children through Mileage Club.

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