More than 100 students joined Catalayah Elementary’s new running club this year. The program was initiated as a partnership with the Cherokee Nation Healthy Nation program following the construction of the school track last July.
As the student members accumulate miles, they earn points toward foot charms for their necklaces.
“Many students hit goals of 25, 50 and 75 miles,” said Catalayah Secretary Melissa Jauquet.
She said a perpetual plaque for the 100 mile runners will hang in the school and will be added to each year.
The top girl runners, second graders Reagan Jauquet and Jenna Smalygo, tied, each running a total of 135.4 miles. Second grader Emily Chen ran a total of 100 miles. The top boy runner was fourth grader Jackson Snyder. Snyder accumulated 110 miles, while first grader Adrian Watta and kindergartener Caden Story totaled 100 miles each.
“Faculty members, parents and teachers volunteered to help with the program,” said Jauquet. “We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous PE teacher Jeannie Seidel, who was in charge of running club and its success.”