A 5K walk/run marked the culmination of the school's "Fuel Up to Play 60" fitness program for the school year. All year long, counselor Debi Swinford has been working with the students on taking control of their own nutrition and exercise.
"I've been in the classroom every month working with the kids on these things," Swinford said.
The walking and running portion of the program began in February, with kids training in the gym through the winter weather and an extremely wet spring.
Monday was the kids' first time on the outdoor course, with the kindergartners going 3 kilometers on the junior high cross country course and first through sixth-graders doing 5 kilometers on the high school course.
The kids were joined by some positive role models including teachers and aides, as well as Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter and Greencastle Police officers Chris Jones and Ed Wilson. The three men are all part of a group runners in law enforcement in the county, several of whom ran in this month's 500 Festival Mini Marathon.
For the kids, it wasn't just a hands-on lesson in fitness, it was an afternoon to enjoy.
"The kids are having a good time," Swinford said. "They're not in class, they don't mind."