It was much more than a flurry of fifth graders running, jumping and throwing things under the lights of the Stratford High School track.
The #Collective Greatness of the SBISD Student Wellness leaders and health fitness instructors from across the district created moments of pride and achievement for hundreds of fifth graders during an evening track meet in late March.
The Fifth-Grade Track Meet was an introduction to track and field for SBISD students through a program called Advanced Movers. Students in the program are introduced to all sorts of sports and activities while in elementary school, prior to their middle and high school years.
A “Parade of Champions” kicked off the event on a perfect March evening. Student teams from every elementary campus walked around the track with banners, T-shirts and smiles to represent their schools.
Three students from Hunters Creek Elementary sang the national anthem during the opening ceremony.
Up to 38 fifth graders per elementary school (26, including KIPP Courage) competed in the evening track meet.
One boy and one girl represented their schools in each of the meet’s field events (shot put, discus and long jump). Six boys and six girls from each school participated in one or more of the running events: 200 meter, 100 meter and 400-meter relay. Two ‘future Olympians’ with special needs also ran in a 50 meter race.
Superintendent Scott Muri was on hand to start two of the races.
“It was an honor to serve as a starter for the recent SBISD Fifth-Grade Track Meet,” said Dr. Muri.
“The level of talent was awesome, and it became clearly evident that we have some future Olympians in fifth grade classrooms throughout the district!”
It was more than a track meet for the fifth-grade Advanced Movers. The positive results of the evening were not based on scores or points, but rather on the students achieving greater awareness of the concepts of team, good sportsmanship, inclusion, doing your best and a preview of track and field possibilities in the future. Many of the students will also compete in the Fifth and Sixth Grade Track Meet this month.
“Every single one of those fifth-grade students represented your school with such pride and outstanding character,” wrote Assistant Director of Student Wellness, Leslie Wylie, in her thanks to the teachers who made the track meet a success. “Your banners and T-shirts were incredible!”
Dr. Muri echoed her sentiments.
“I appreciate the work of our teachers, coaches and members of our Student Wellness Department who organized the event and provided support and encouragement to the students. The hundreds of students involved were also supported by a huge group of family and friends cheering them on from the stands.
“It was a great day in Spring Branch ISD!”
Submitted by Becky Wuerth, SBISD Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org