South Huntington's Fifth-Graders Ready for Next Step

Birchwood and Maplewood Fifth-Graders Predict a Healthy Future at the Annual Mini-thon
Birchwood and Maplewood Fifth-Graders Predict a Healthy Future at the Annual Mini-thon
“The mini-thon is a great culminating event that allows every student a chance to be successful not because they are a great athlete but because they have truly learned something about themselves.” –Russell Rufrano
“The mini-thon is a great culminating event that allows every student a chance to be successful not because they are a great athlete but because they have truly learned something about themselves.” –Russell Rufrano
Board of Education President Nick Ciappetta (right) presents an official proclamation from the Town of Huntington to Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano.
Board of Education President Nick Ciappetta (right) presents an official proclamation from the Town of Huntington to Birchwood PE Teacher Russell Rufrano.
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.
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.
Birchwood’s Reanna Bailey starts the morning with a great rendition of the National Anthem.
Birchwood’s Reanna Bailey starts the morning with a great rendition of the National Anthem.

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 15th year running the mini-thon, it never gets old for Mr. Rufrano. “Physical Education is not just learning about sports and games but learning about ourselves,” said Birchwood’s Physical Education teacher. “The ability to self-assess our own fitness level is a valuable life skill. The mini-thon is a great culminating event that allows every student a chance to be successful not because they are a great athlete but because they have truly learned something about themselves.”

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