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Guadalupe Gallopers Cross Country Team

by Amy Adkins

During after school time, it’s important to ensure programming includes a variety of ways for students be active. The hope is that by providing creative, intentional options to be active, students will be exposed to something that will turn into a healthy, life-long passion. At Guadalupe’s After School Program, students get moving daily with SPARK activities and participate in annual events like Young Dancers.  

Last year students also had the opportunity to become cross-country runners. The Program’s Lead Teacher, Kent Schmitzlead took his passion for distance running and shared it the fifth graders. Starting with a desire to see his students perform better on the Fifth Grade PE Test, this started as an idea and with students running laps around the playground, morphed into an on-going component of the program: the Guadalupe Gallopers Cross Country Team. As an ongoing component of the program the Cross Country Team ran the trails and hills of McLaren Park two to three times per week with students logging in some impressive stats- 5.26 miles with elevation gains of close to 900 feet.

At the end of last year, students and Kent took a moment to share their experience of being part of the Gallopers Cross Country Team. “I have watched my 5th graders get horrible times on the 5th Grade PE Test and I thought if I could just help a few kids that it would be doing something. Plus, I was hoping to build exercise as a routine into some of the students’ lives with the hope that they will develop a passion (like mine) for exercise.”

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