Running is Elementary

This annual event brings together 700 fourth- and fifth-graders for a 1-mile run.
This fabulous program is completely free for students and fully funded by PHMEF.
Our annual commitment is $10,000 with the mission focusing on health.

Despite things looking a little different this year, hundreds of P-H-M’s 4th and 5th grade students participated in Running is Elementary on May 10. Instead of holding one giant race at the Penn High School Cross Country course at Elm Road Elementary, individual races were held at the 11 elementary schools.

Prior to the meet, students trained in a 6-week program at their home school. Students focused on health and fitness, benefits of physical activity, and proper ways to prepare for a run. The annual non-competitive, 1-mile event is free for all 4th- and 5th-grade P-H-M student because of generous donations through Corporate Partners, the business division of the P-H-M Education Foundation.

Running is Elementary is the brainchild of Horizon Physical Education Teacher and 2009 P-H-M Teacher of the Year Cindy Batalis (pictured above with RIE student participants).