County Students Run In Marathon

Students at North Coffee Elementary (Charger Champs), Hickerson Elementary (Health Hawks), and Hillsboro Elementary (Hillsboro Hikers) have been training this school year in after school walking clubs. School Nurses have been staying after school two days a week encouraging students to increase their physical activity while combating childhood obesity. In the process they have been training for the ING Kids Rock Marathon. The students ran 25.2 miles during their training and the nurse’s kept a log of each student’s progress. April 27 the students traveled to LP Field in Nashville and ran the remaining one mile to complete the marathon. This was one of the largest marathons in Nashville with over 7,100 registered participants. Janet Thornton, Director of Health Services, Coffee County Schools stated, “Next year we plan to add teams from East Coffee, New Union, and Deerfield Elementary. The walking clubs are sponsored by Coffee County Schools Department of Health Services and are organized and monitored by School Nurses Dawn Selvage, Lynda Carden, Erin Blalock, and Angela Ridner.