On May 15, students at St. Brigid and St. Patrick Catholic Elementary Schools learned how sparing a little extra change could benefit not only others, but themselves, as they stepped up to the 20/20 Challenge for "Run4Change."
Run4Change is a movement that works to fight child obesity and child poverty. During the first part of the 20/20 Challenge, participants train for 20 minutes a day for 20 weeks through a series of activities that promote physical literacy. At the end of the 20 weeks, students are invited to complete a 5K race to celebrate all their hard work.
The second part of the 20/20 Challenge involves students making a difference for others by collecting extra change during that 20 week period that will help fund an initiative in their community for at-risk children.
As both schools participated in the challenge, co-facilitators Tina Fricano of St. Patrick, and Sabrina Venneri of St. Brigid brought the school's celebration together.
Kicking off the day, St. Patrick's Public Health Nurse Lisa Richter greeted students with words of appreciation and encouragement.
"With the 20/20 challenge, not only are you working towards a healthier you, but you're doing good for the community."
Richter also discussed that being active is not only good for physical health but mental health, and those who are active at a younger age are more likely to be active throughout their life.
After a quick warm up students were off to complete the final 5K stretch of their 20 week journey through a neighborhood walk and different activities.
"When you help others, you give happiness but you also create happiness within yourself," concluded Richter.
As the playground filled with smiles and laughter, it was safe to say there was a whole lot of happiness and change being made.