Students and faculty of Springdale School in Stamford took their mark for the SpringDale Sprint on Tuesday to promote healthy lifestyles through exercise and nutrition and to raise money for school's PTO board. Throughout the day, students from kindergarten through fifth grade were cheered on by parents, friends and staff as they walked and ran around a designated track.
"I think we have kids that are running two to three miles that didn't know they could run that far, but because of teachers doing it," said Jeff Gruetzner. "So it gets everybody moving."
"I'm impressed by the fact that there's very little obesity here," said Brita Ylitalo. "Which is wonderful considering the national problem."
Organizers say they expect to raise nearly $10,000, which will support after school programs, field trips and school materials.
"All that money goes directly to us," said Gruetzner. "They don't have to sell anything they don't have to go door to door looking for donations and then they just come out here and get to have a lot of fun and exercise and everyone participates."
"Sometimes you don't get the opportunity to do this," said one student. "And this is an opportunity to raise money for our school and get healthy."