Recess Run Club Turkey Chase

turkey run

Three local families will get a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, thanks to the efforts of students at Conestoga Elementary school, who took part in a “Fall Turkey Chase.”

Recess Running Club encourages students to run, walk or jog during their recess to improve their heart health. The club has been in place for years, but this year, Mrs. Young, physical education teacher, added the “Fall Turkey Chase” challenge.

From mid-September to mid-November, every class is encouraged to “catch a turkey for Thanksgiving” by logging at least 200 laps, or 30 miles, at recess every Tuesday and Thursday. That’s the distance from the schools to Esbenshade Turkey Farm in Paradise.

Conestoga’s second grade logged the most laps – 800, the equivalent of 120 miles – but pupils in all grades at rose to the challenge, logging a total of more than 1,600 miles, enough to “catch” 25 imaginary turkeys.

Mrs. Young said the activity served a dual purpose. “It was good for the students and good for the community,” she said. “Kids giving back – is there anything better than that?”

A BIG thank you to our parent volunteers who help make the effort a success.

A BIG thank you to Esbenshade Turkey Farm for donating the turkeys.