Beverly Park Elementary Students Keep Fit While Having Fun
3,500 Miles Run During Annual Jingle Bell Jog
During December students at Beverly Park Elementary hit the running course to continue the healthy practices that keep students fit and maintain Beverly Park’s status as a US Healthier Silver School.
Students completed 31,588 laps, or just over 3,500 miles, during the annual Jiggle Bell Jog. The event set a new record for the number of student participants and the most miles run by a single student. The grand prize runner completed 375 laps, or 41 miles, in two weeks. The top kindergarten student ran 149 laps, or 16.5 miles.
Students ran laps during recess, earning one jingle bell for each five laps completed. The number and size of the jingle bells increased as the number of laps accumulated. In addition to grade level prizes, the overall winner earned the largest Jingle Bell Ball and their name was added to the Jingle Bell trophy.
The Jingle Bell Jog is truly a community effort. The paraeducator staff at the school plan and coordinate the event, jingle bells and ribbons are donated by teachers and community members, and teachers run laps with their students. Volunteers from the community, including the Highline Fire Department, Highline Public Schools Safety and Security, and retired teachers, help on the running course, handing out a ticket for each lap completed.