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500 teachers, staff walk over 95,000 miles
Participants celebrate finish of 100-miler Challenge
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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: The line for free ice cream from Homestead Creamery was long Thursday evening during the 100-mile celebration for faculty and staff of Franklin County public schools.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Faculty and staff of Franklin County public schools have celebrated the conclusion of their 100-miler Challenge.

Participants were challenged to walk 100 miles in 100 days.

Over 500 participants throughout the school division walked over 95,000 miles collectively.

The challenge started last semester when P.E. teachers Nancy Castillo and Jamie Wright partnered with "technology guru" Andy Flora to create a program to make Franklin County faculty and staff aware of their physical activity on a daily basis.

Last semester, the challenge included teachers at the high school, but this semester, it was extended to faculty and staff all across the school division.

"Along with the help of Dr. Church (school superintendent) and Andy Flora, we have designed a program to help track our teachers' miles of physical activity," said Wright. "Teachers have been logging hours of physical activity online for many weeks now, trying to reach the minimum goal of 100 miles. Essentially, if you log at least one mile per day, you reach our challenge goal."

Flora tracked the scores online with a conversion chart he created that translates a person's activity with the equivalent number of miles.

A celebration was held Thursday afternoon at the high school for participants.

Carilion, Haywood Jewelers, McDonald's and Arrington Sports and Awards provided t-shirts to all teachers and staff members who participated in the challenge.

Participants were also treated to free ice cream from Homestead Creamery and live music from local band Kerosene Willy. Megan Sawyers was also on hand to lead Zuma activities for those who attended the celebration.

Wright said the challenge is on for next year "if all goes as planned."

 
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