Helping Works by Anna Webb: Meridian’s Ponderosa Pacers hit road to raise money for new school track
Posted by Anna Webb on May 26, 2015
Fitness-loving students and teachers at Ponderosa Elementary School in Meridian, known as the Ponderosa Pacers, have been running and walking in service to physical fitness. The group, under the leadership of physical education teacher Jennifer Stoor, has logged more than 40,000 miles during this school year alone, Stoor estimates. Some motivated students run/walk 12 miles in a single recess period, she said.
All those miles have resulted in the urgent need for a new track at the school. The Pacers have set a goal of raising $40,000 to build the track. The community has already stepped up to help. The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation kick-started the effort with a donation of $10,000. Mike Shuman, a local runner and running shoe store owner donated, as did Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd and other members of the community. With the help of their donors, the Pacers have raised about half of the money they need, said Stoor. She hopes to raise the money and begin construction on the new track this summer.
Stoor started the walk/run Pacers program in 2002 when Ponderosa opened its doors and the school administration was interested in creating a strong fitness program. The program grew each year, said Stoors. According to national standards set by the President’s Challenge fitness test, 45 percent of the students at the school qualify as “advanced” when it comes to fitness, said Stoor.
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