McKean Elementary students prepare for their big run in January. McKean teachers and parents, with help from Edinboro University student-athletes and coaches, teach students through this after-school program.

McKean Elementary’s Run Club teaches elementary students positive behaviors through physical activity. The Run Club and a Spring Recess Laps program started as part of McKean Elementary’s 2013 grant from the ING Run for Something Better School Awards Program. Coordinated by teacher Lisa Roberts, more than 110 students in grades k-4 participate in each winter session on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school through January. While increasing overall fitness through flexibility, strength and endurance, the students practice for their culminating run at Edinboro University’s Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Center Dome. Students in kindergarten through second grade ran a half mile and students in third and fourth grades ran a mile. Various McKean teachers and parents help with this program. In addition, the school collaborates with Edinboro University, who hosts the culminating event, and provides student-athletes and coaches to volunteer. Edinboro University athletes and coaches speak with students and helping them train, serving as mentors that model positive behaviors through physical activity.