Granby Elementary School students are hitting the ground running this school year, literally.
A newly formed running club, spearheaded by teachers Jennifer Killian and Danielle Bovay, aims to get students moving on the path to a healthy lifestyle.
The group meets for an hour every weekday and it is open to students in third through sixth grades.
The turnout so far has been tremendous, according to Bovay.
“We have more than 50 students coming and either walking or running,” she said. “It amazes me how many students are getting active and are coming to this program. I believe it gives students a feeling of empowerment.”
In addition to students benefiting physically and mentally from the program, the club’s reach also extends to the community.
“It is an opportunity for teachers, parents and students to come together,” Bovay said. “Families are expressing excitement as their children are enjoying the camaraderie of walking/walking with their peers and some of their teachers.”
That connection between the students and the teachers is one of the most rewarding parts of the program, Bovay said.
Teachers volunteer their time to supervise the runners and it allows students an opportunity to relate to their educators outside of a classroom setting.
“It brings down the barriers,” Bovay said. “It is great to see students walking, talking and laughing with their teachers. It’s about human relationships and allowing students the opportunity to have something to look forward to after school.”
The group meets in the school gymnasium at 3:40 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Depending on weather conditions, students run either indoors or outside.