Read. Run. Reach. Reaches Markesan
Markesan Elementary School students have been participating in a 12 week wellness campaign sponsored by Community Health Network called Read. Run. Reach. During this program, students have been encouraged to promote healthy lives by reading 12 books, running 12 miles and doing 12 random acts of kindness. Although students are participating on an individual basis, the staff, led by Guidance Counselor Sarah Donner, decided to come together as a school to promote these three areas as well.On February 27th Mitchell Elementary School in Racine, WI experienced a fire that destroyed their school. Markesan Elementary School staff felt compelled to help and determined that this would be a great random act of kindness for the whole school to participate in. As a way to help, staff organized a penny drive between grade levels to help raise money for the Racine elementary school. In addition, kids and parents were asked to donate much-needed school supplies for the kids who lost everything in the fire. Markesan students, parents and staff responded and were able to raise over one thousand forty three dollars and six boxes of school supplies for the Racine school, a true random act of kindness.
CHN has furthered this wonderful act by partnering with Berlin’s Farmers & Merchants Bank to extend the Reach portion with “The Kindness Project.” The bank offers Green Lake County classrooms the ability to perform random acts of goodness on a larger scaled by providing funds and resources to do great things. The bank boosted the Markesan Elementary School’s efforts by purchasing what the Markesan students thought was most needed by their Racine classroom counterparts--a donation of backpacks and a $250 gift card to Staples.
As a way to encourage physical activity participation, students were taught some special dances including the Chicken Dance, Cha-Cha Slide, Hokey Pokey and the Cupid Shuffle. Each Friday students were able to dance in the hallways of Markesan Elementary to show off their dance moves and have some fun.
On Monday April 21st the whole school celebrated their success with a school-wide pep assembly. During this fun afternoon, the fourth graders were recognized as the Penny Drive winners and were given clay casted penny trophies for their participation in this random act of kindness. Students also participated in a book raffle to promote reading, and a school-wide chicken dance to celebrate fun physical activity. Pam Alf, CHN Wellness Coordinator and facilitator of the Read. Run. Reach. program attended the pep assembly and talked to students about “Being a Fit and Healthy Kid.” Alf believes this Green Lake County wellness campaign for kids has been a great way to raise awareness with students and their families about making healthy choices and knowing that being a healthy person not only includes physical health but literacy and kindness to others as well.