SOAR kicks off with a Saturday hike

Spring is here and so is MMS’s favorite Spring activity: SOAR!

SOAR stands for Students Outside Active and Running, and is a way to promote exercise and love of the outdoors, along with providing a community service.

This weekend we kicked off our SOAR program with a special 3 mile hike and optional additional 3 mile run. On Monday students began running at school. The students spend four weeks running a course around the playground at their lunch recess, keeping track of their distance. There are mini-incentives for various milestones that are fun for the students, including “feet” for each mile and small crafts/toys. The kids run off a lot of their extra springtime energy and we find we have happier, kinder, more attentive kids in and out of the classroom.

There is also a community service aspect of SOAR. The students raise money for each mile they run to donate to Oxford’s Community Choice Food Pantry. Last year the kids ran for a total of 1,045.5 miles and we raised/donated $2,361.63.

We’d like to give a special shout-out to parents who have already volunteered to help punching cards, keeping kids on the path, and cheering them along. The program relies on volunteers to keep it running smoothly. If you would like to volunteer to help Primary, Intermediate, and Upper SOAR, we have slots available from 12:15—12:50pm on the following dates:

Thursday, May 1
Friday, May 3
Monday, May 6
Tuesday, May 7
Wednesday, May 8
Friday, May 10
Monday, May 13
Tuesday, May 14
Wednesday, May 15
Thursday, May 16
Friday, May 17
Monday, May 20
Tuesday, May 21
Wednesday, May 22
Thursday, May 23
Friday, May 24

Please email Heidi if you need the SignUp Genius link to sign up for a slot.

Pre-Primary volunteers are being coordinated separately as they run at a different time. Please contact Wendy for more details.


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