Pagosa Springs Elementary’s 100 Mile Club recently hosted a snowshoe adventure at Sonlight Camp featuring great snow, blue skies, camaraderie and a hotdog roast. Students and parents were able to try out new skills in managing snowshoes while accumulating miles that go to individual and collective total. Coaches Lindsey Kurt-Mason, Michelle Ziegler and Nicole Jones taught skills and while making sure that all students had a great time.
The new club was recently implemented at Pagosa Springs Elementary and Middle Schools as a fitness challenge to students. This challenge, called The 100 Mile Club, is part of a national program that is sponsored locally by the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). The 100 Mile Club presents students with a straightforward goal: run, jog, or walk 100 miles over the course of the school year.
At the elementary school participating students and parents are encouraged to log miles before and after school is a variety of contexts. Miles are tallied daily and charted on a graph for the school community to see. Currently the collective miles total over 1900, more than it takes to get to Philadelphia from Pagosa Springs! The program is highly adaptable to the resources and needs of individual students, and may be implemented in many different ways throughout the school day.
Making the program unique are life lessons in goal-setting, determination, and team spirit delivered alongside exercise. Rather than compete against each other, students at the elementary are members of the 100 Mile Club “team”, where every student has the opportunity to be successful. Whether they run, jog, or walk towards their goal, the 100 Mile Club inspires students of all abilities – athletic, non-athletic, learning disabled, challenged - to be active in an accepting, positive environment.