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Are You Faster Than a Fifth Grader?

Are You Faster Than a Fifth Grader?

Active learners do better in the classroom. That’s one of the objectives of the annual “Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader” event held by Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The two-mile race brings together 5th grade students, district administrators and staff, community leaders and patrons for a morning of friendly competition and physical activity. This year’s race will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at Kansas City Kansas Community College Field House, 7250 State Avenue, and at Eisenhower Middle School, 2901 N. 72nd Street, and will end at the Washington High School stadium, 7340 Leavenworth Road.

  • Teams made up of 15 5th graders from all 30 of the district’s elementary schools will participate in the race. The 2-mile run will start at 10:30 a.m., at KCKCC Field House. 
  • Other 5th grade students will get in on the fun by taking part in a one-mile walk that will precede the race at 10 a.m. The walk will begin at Eisenhower Middle School and will end at the Washington High School stadium.

In all, approximately 1,300 5th graders will take part in the morning of physical fun.

If you have been following the district on Facebook and Twitter, you know that training is well underway by our students. Click here to see one of the videos demonstrating their skills and confidence in competing in the upcoming race. As we understand, Dr. Charles Foust has been training as well. Look for information about how he is preparing for the race, soon.

“This event has become a tradition that many students anticipate when they approach their 5th grade year,” said Stephanie Dickson, the physical education teacher leader. “Some kids have been running all summer to get in shape for the race. And the added element of the one-mile walk gets every student involved and sends the message that physical fitness is important.”

The event was launched in 2012 as a way to promote physical fitness to students and to encourage overall wellness. The first 15 students to cross the finish line in the race will receive medals and will have their photo taken with the superintendent.

Posted April 29, 2019

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