It’s been said that “not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted.” Our last blog post “Progress” discussed some of our measured results on the 2013-2014 district report card. But how do you measure events that capture the imagination and the passion of a community? Events where teachers from all across Worthington come together with parents and other community volunteers to provide a unique, cool, opportunity for kids and adults. How do you measure the Worthington Wellness Warrior Run?
A friend of mine who teaches in a high-performing neighboring district but who lives in Worthington, posted the following on her Facebook page along with pictures of her child’s participation in the Warrior Run. She posted, “Reason #427 why I Love Worthington Schools!”
On Friday night we had over 1,000 registered participants in the Worthington Wellness Warrior Run. There were easily two or three times that many people on the property of Granby Elementary and McCord Middle School. If you’re not familiar with the Warrior Run the registration for the event describes the event like this, “This Worthington Elementary Wellness Event is bound to be like no other – Are you up for the challenge??? This “Mile of Mayhem” adventure will push each individual to the limits with a unique course filled with multiple obstacles and challenges along the way. Whether it’s climbing over barriers, ducking through tunnels, or crawling through mud – everyone is guaranteed to have a blast.”
And, have a blast they did. Teachers from elementary schools from across Worthington worked to create the course and the multiple obstacles. A school principal grilled hot dogs, (so he could get out of crawling through mud), a retired Worthington teacher helped with registration and Fleet Feet Sports ran the event. Students from every elementary in Worthington participated in the run. Some ran with friends while others ran with a parent. Everyone who participated pushed themselves across the fields, through tunnels, over wood walls and everyone crawled through mud. No one left clean and no one wanted to.
In today’s public education we focus on many things. But no state report card, value-added data, or student learning objective (SLO) can measure the impact of this event. This event connects with kids and parents in a different way. It helps everyone discover their own inner strength and creates a level of confidence in our kids that will transfer to many other areas. In Worthington this event is just another way we strive to engage the whole child and our community. We want our students to be well-rounded by providing opportunities for wellness and for the entire Worthington community to come together aiding this mission.
-Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent