KidStriders at Wright

We will be starting the KidStriders program here at Wright. This is a goal-setting incentive program based primarily around walking or running.  Participation is voluntary and free.

Between now and April, 13, 2023, your student can complete a marathon distance by walking or jogging to reach an accumulated total of 26 miles by walking/jogging at designated KidStriders sessions during recess. Students may also complete 5 miles of their goal with you at home (a tracking sheet is included with this letter.) So what this means is that each time they walk/jog, the distance they do is added to the previous day’s distance, and so on until it adds up to 26 miles. (PLEASE NOTE: In this program, your child will likely NEVER run more than 1/8 mile to 2 miles at one time depending on their pace/ability.) Below is the schedule, broken down day and grades who will participate:

Mondays: Kinder, 2nd and 1st GradersThursdays: 4th, 3rd and 5th gradersWednesdays (October 19, November 16 & 30, December 14): Everyone!

Students receive a Foot Token for each 5 miles they complete. Those completing the 26-mile goal will receive a T-shirt at the end of the program. If possible, we’ll hold a KidStriders Victory Run for students completing 13 or more miles at the Grand Blue Mile presented by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa and the Drake Relays. If your child completes the 13 miles or more, you will receive notification of your child’s “eligibility” as well a required participation waiver to complete closer to the Grand Blue Mile scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2023.

This program is an ideal platform for children to have fun and enhance self-esteem, all while teaching them the valuable lesson of making fitness a regular part of life, setting and accomplishing goals, and so much more. Your child is welcome to walk or jog with us even if they will not be completing the 26-mile program goal or participating in our finale event. Students are also encouraged to go beyond the 26-mile goal too.

Parents / care takers are also welcome to join your child during the recess sessions and/or volunteer to help supervise this activity and mark lap cards. I hope ot also hold “KidStrider Family Nights” throughout the year. Please be on the look out for more info coming soon!

KidStriders is an Iowa Kidstrong, Inc. program and has been made possible through grant funding, corporate sponsorships, and individual contributions. Visit for a complete list of our program sponsors and partners.

If you have any questions, please contact Giovanna at

Thank you!

Giovanna Zavell | Community School Coordinator
Jefferson and Wright Elementary Schools
Jefferson Phone: 515.242.8416
Wright Phone: 515.242.8442

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