Chelsea Park “buzz” is all about fitness fun

By KATHRYN ACREE

Second graders at Chelsea Park Elementary prepare for their upcoming fun run fundraiser event, “The Buzz.” Photo by Kathryn Acree.

Physical education teachers Kelly Stewart and Valeria Hackett have their Chelsea Park Elementary Hornets all a-buzz with some great events.

“We just had our largest group ever, over 50 students, participate in the Kids Mercedes Marathon,” said Stewart, who recently attained National Board Certification. “In only our second year to have a group in the race, we doubled our number of participants.”

Chelsea Park Elementary second graders Chris Colle and Isabella Wesson show off their jump rope skills during PE class. The school recently completed their Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser for the American Heart Association, raising over $5,000. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

Chelsea Park Elementary just wrapped up their Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association, raising over $5,000.  Students in grades K-3 brought in donations for the annual event.

The students are currently preparing for one of the school’s most popular fundraisers known as “The Buzz.” The fun run event on Feb. 24 hopes to expand on last year’s event, which raised over $35,000 to purchase SMART boards and other technology for the school.

Physical education teachers Kelly Stewart and Valeria Hackett with Chelsea Park Elementary second grader Nicholas Christian. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

For the event, students run or walk as many laps as possible around a 1/15th mile track in 30 minutes. They collect pledges for The Buzz in the weeks leading up to the event.

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