West Elementary’s Morning Mile


This school year, West Portsmouth Elementary has implemented a new program to encourage students to be on time for school and to live a more active lifestyle.

The Morning Mile Program is an optional activity that brings together students for thirty minutes each morning to run or walk laps around a track and burn off extra energy while collecting sticks to keep track of the number of laps they complete. Teacher Kim Keaton records the students’ progress, and for every five miles completed the students earn a charm of their choice to display on a necklace for their hard work.

Although the school year has only been in session a short time, Portsmouth West is already seeing positive results from the program. After only eight days of school, one student had already completed 15 miles while others were arriving to school earlier and even encouraging parents to join.

“We’ve been averaging fifty to sixty kids every morning, some of them even kindergarteners. I have a lot of kids who are very quiet in PE class that show up and are excited to participate each morning,” said Keaton. “The kids really seem to love the program.”

Keaton also recommends other schools adopt run/walk programs like the Morning Mile.

“It’s a good opportunity to get activity, reduce tardiness and let the students be more focused in class”, said Keaton.

The Morning Mile Program is a Florida based program with Portsmouth West Elementary being one of only two schools in the state of Ohio that currently participate. The Program’s goal is to see 100 kids reach 100 miles during the school year.

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932