Hundreds of students will soon be lacing up their shoes to take part in a new running club making its debut at Adams, Collier, Morrill and Rayburn elementary schools. On September 23, Superintendent Rey Madrigal and HISD Grant Writer Judy Camargo presented the schools an oversized check in the amount of $10,000 to support the clubs.
The Saucony Shoe Company awarded the grant money to six districts across the nation, including Harlandale ISD, to help schools establish running clubs while teaching students about proper running techniques and healthy habits.
Collier’s Librarian Cecilia Perfecto and Math Teacher Arlene Vela worked with Ms. Camargo to submit the grant proposal and then decided to share it.
“We applied for the grant hoping to teach kids a way to be active and healthy. We really wanted to focus on not so much weight loss but living a healthy lifestyle. When we received interest from over 200 students, we decided to share the [grant] money with three other schools,” says Ms. Perfecto.
As part of the grant, Soler’s Sports will be in the schools to ensure that every participant in the running club gets properly fit for a new pair of Saucony tennis shoes.
“We are going to provide the running shoes for the children that the grant has allowed them to purchase for the kids. We are also going to come out and do some educational type meetings with the coaches and children on proper running form and nutrition ideas and hydration to get them started on their program,” say Ms. Soler. “It’s very exciting to not only see someone taking the initiative in the elementary students like this but one of our biggest vendors, Saucony Shoe Company, offering this kind of money to be able to do this.”