Over 300 students from Golden Gate, Golden Terrace, and Mike Davis elementary schools ran the last mile of their “Whole Foods Market – Kids on the GO!” program on Wednesday, December 5 at the Golden Gate High School track. This Final Celebratory Race featured the students reaching their 26.2 mile goal – something they’ve been working on for the last thirteen weeks, since they began the program in September. All participating students received a medal as they crossed the finish line. Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition Chair Dr. Todd Vedder, and other community leaders were on-hand to congratulate the students.
We are hoping to have a total of 600 students participating during this school year. They will run a total of 26.2 miles (a full marathon distance) over a period of ten weeks. In addition to t-shirts and medals children will have an opportunity to earn brag tags during the course of their marathon training. Each brag tag will displayed ONE of the numbers from the 95210 campaign. Special thanks to Whole Foods Market – Naples Collier County Health Department, YMCA, Golden Gate Aquatic Facility, Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, Collier County Public Schools, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Well Vending, Moes’ Southwest Grill, Sports Club and Friendly Farmer’s Market for making Kids on the Go! possible.
The Coalition is addressing the need for increased access to fitness activities and healthy food options in high risk schools by developing programs such as 95210 Kids on the GO!
Kids on the Go was developed to encourage kids to exercise and to adhere to a healthier lifestyle. Participating children in grades 3- 5 run a total of 26.2 miles (a full marathon distance) over a period of six to twelve weeks. Students are motivated to build endurance, increase self-confidence, and learn to reach goals.