Birchwood and Maplewood Fifth Graders Predict a Healthy Future at the Annual Mini-thon.


Their timing was perfect, South Huntington's fifth graders not only predicted the time it would take to run one mile, but they also ran their mile, enjoyed plenty of hydration and fun with friends, and then boarded their buses back to their respective schools just as the first drops of rain began to fall.

The Mini-thon Prediction, held this morning on the fields behind Memorial School, is an annual event for South Huntington’s fifth graders. Coordinated by Birchwood PE Teacher Mr. Russell Rufrano, each runner predicts how long he or she will take to run one mile. They practice all year and predict their time before the actual race. Now in his 10th year running the mini-thon, it never gets old for Mr. Rufrano. “It’s a great day because it gives everyone an opportunity to win,” said Birchwood’s Physical Education teacher. “Students of all abilities work with me for three years as they learn who they are as athletes, this day is the pinnacle as they predict how well they know themselves physically and how fast they are as runners.”  An added bonus to the day is that the 5th graders get to meet students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center as the get ready to graduate to the Silas Wood 6th Grade Center.

Congratulations South Huntington 5th Graders

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