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Students at O'Brien S.T.E.M. Academy Cover New Ground With 5K Run
O'Brien S.T.E.M. Academy students & staff show their team spirit before their first 5K race
(L-R) Kim Guzzo, Charisse, Ivree, Cathy Ryan, Shevonne Sims, Danielle, Carolyn, Luke Granato, Jared, Jose, Isaac, Antonio & (front) Marco
East Hartford 5th & 6th Graders become first from their school to run Manchester course
It may have been the last Saturday of Spring vacation, but some students weren't sleeping in late. Nine 5th & 6th graders from East Hartford's O'Brien S.T.E.M. Academy were up bright and early to run the 'Finally Spring 5K' with the Manchester Running Company. It was a milestone for the students, who have never ventured off school grounds to apply their distance running skills.
For Luke Granato, the 6th grade teacher and After-School Fitness Club Advisor who has been training the students since last fall, this goal has been in his sights for well over a year. An avid athlete and runner himself, having completed dozens of races, Granato was excited to lead the group and charter new territory with the run.
"My goal was to show our students how much fun being active can be. Your health and fitness is not just an independent endeavor. It’s much more than waking up early and working out on your own. It can be a very social and inspiring event," Granato remarked. "After a long three miles, our students were smiling and laughing together. They definitely received the message."
The students meet once a week after school, and perform stretching exercises and drills, as well as play traditional gym class games and organized sports. The goal of the After-School Fitness Club is to give the students, who truly enjoy exercise, an outlet for working out after a long day of academics as well as a chance to feel a sense of community with other like-minded students. This is the third year Granato has run the Club at O'Brien, and each year it continues to gain momentum.
The race began at Highland Park School in Manchester, and took the runners through the scenic woods, past the tranquil reservoir and in the Howard/Porter Passive Recreation area on Ferguson Street. Upon finishing the race, students were passing high-fives and congratulating one another. Some excitedly began planning to do another race in the near future. The students were also supported by their parents and families the day of the race, and even a couple teachers from O'Brien joined them. One, 6th grade teacher Cathy Ryan, was thrilled to be there to encourage the students.
"It was terrific to see teachers and students coming together to promote exercise and good health and teachers especially should be good role models for that," noted Ryan.
The 'Finally Spring 5K" is an annual event run by the Manchester Running Company. The MRC was founded in 2009, and is considered the premier running club in Manchester, Connecticut. They run numerous events throughout the year and have a rapidly growing membership. MRC is an inclusive organization, welcoming runners from beginners to the elite level. All proceeds from Manchester Running Company's events benefit non-profit organizations, including Manchester Public Schools.
On March 13, 2015, the East Hartford Rotary Club distributed student dictionaries to all Mayberry School's 3rd graders. Pratt and Whitney donated the annual funding for the dictionaries.
Bob Buettner and Ceil Collins came to Mayberry School on behalf of the Rotary Club and went to all three 3rd grade classrooms with the dictionaries.
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