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

With the end of Intermediate School on the horizon, these 5th-graders are ready for Silas Wood 6th-Grade Center.
With the end of Intermediate School on the horizon, these 5th-graders are ready for Silas Wood 6th-Grade Center.
Board of Education member Laura Carey (right), along with Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano, accept an official proclamation from Huntington Town Board Member Susan Berland.
Board of Education member Laura Carey (right), along with Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano, accept an official proclamation from Huntington Town Board Member Susan Berland.
Maplewood PE teacher Joe Slovak makes quick work of checking in for your final results.
Maplewood PE teacher Joe Slovak makes quick work of checking in for your final results.
Mary Gross keeps the line moving as 5th graders come off the race course.
Mary Gross keeps the line moving as 5th graders come off the race course.
Fresh cold water tasted great after completing their mile run.
Fresh cold water tasted great after completing their mile run.
Good friends relax after the race and enjoy meeting students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center.
Good friends relax after the race and enjoy meeting students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center.

One of our primary focuses in the South Huntington School District is to educate the whole child. The mind-body and body-spirit connection that is developed in school helps prepare children for the challenges of adulthood and provides a foundation for a healthy, productive life. This commitment to both mental and physical fitness was on grand display last week as our Birchwood and Maplewood fifth-grade students participated in the annual Mini-Thon.

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 14th 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 us [physical education teachers] at Birchwood and Maplewood 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.”

The air at Memorial Field was filled with excitement, and there was a palpable energy circulating through the 445 runners who participated in this special day. We join in thanking our Physical Education teachers, Russ Rufrano, Erika Barrett, Joe Slovak and Mary Gross for organizing this event, as well as our other physical education teachers around the district who helped out, and congratulate all of our students who took the challenge.

An added bonus to the day is that the 5th-graders get to meet students from South Huntington’s other Intermediate Center as they get ready to graduate to the Silas Wood 6th-Grade Center.

Congratulations South Huntington 5th-Graders

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