Local organizations donate to middle school P.E.

Originally published Jan. 28, 2018 in the Des Moines Register.

By Jenny Fee, Special to the Record-Herald

It takes a village to raise a physically-fit child.

That isn’t exactly how the saying goes, but it is the thought behind three recent donations to the physical education program at Indianola Middle School.

A $10,000 donation from the Indianola Community Youth Foundation covered two-thirds the cost of 90 fitness bands. Meanwhile, archery equipment was purchased with $2,500 from the Ahquabi chapter of Whitetails Unlimited and $500 from Mid-Iowa Archers.

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‘The extra mile’: Families cheer on young Olympia runners

Originally published Sept. 28, 2017 in the Pantagraph.

MINIER — Every student at Olympia West Elementary School got their blood pumping Wednesday.

Each grade level took turns lining up outside the school in Minier to run the mile for physical education class. The biannual run has turned into a much-anticipated tradition for students and their families.

Rusty Richards of Minier joined the spectators to support his three elementary students.

 “I like to attend their activities so they know I’m here for them,” said Richards. “The run gives my kids a healthy sense of family, pride and confidence. The school goes the extra mile by inviting everyone out to cheer for their kids.”