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School Award


Held on Oct. 27 in Arlington, VA, the MCM Kids Run hosted its largest participation to date, topping 3,000 children ages five through 12. Nearly half of this race field participated through the coordinated effort of physical education teachers and PTA groups from area schools. The top five schools with the most students registered are honored with the Healthy School Award, including a monetary donation to their physical education department from MCM partner, Sodexo.

The schools receiving this honor are James K. Polk Elementary in Alexandria, VA (325 students participating); Lynbrook Elementary in Springfield, VA (323 students); George Mason Elementary in Alexandria, VA (245 students); Mount Vernon Community School in Alexandria, VA (216 students); and Claremont Immersion School in Arlington, VA (206 students). Each winning school will host an assembly for the entire student body featuring MCM mascots Miles and Molly and U.S. Marines from Marine Corps Base Quantico. In addition to the Healthy School Award presentation, each student will receive a nutritious snack provided by Sodexo. Additional prizes will be provided by National Watermelon Board and Silver Diner.

Mt. Vernon - School Award

Mount Vernon Community School Principal Peter Balas and PE teachers Tracy Tiernan (left) and Kristin Dundon enthusiastically accept the donation to their school from MCM partner Sodexo along with the Healthy School Award, presented to them at the Alexandria elementary school on Jan. 16. Mount Vernon Community School is one of five schools recognized for the most student participants in the MCM Kids Run, held on Oct. 26, 2013.

Photo credit: Photo by Paul E. Alers


Ms. Jessica Panfil, Claremont Immersion School principal, and school group coordinator Elizabeth Mook accept a Healthy School Award from MCM sponsor Sodexo for $1000 at a school assembly Feb. 5. Claremont Immersion School was one of five Healthy School Award winning schools to participate in the 2013 MCM organized Healthy Kids Fun Run, bringing 206 registered participants to the annual event.

 Polk Elementary

More than 325 students from James K. Polk Elementary School in Alexandria, VA, participated in the 2013 MCM Kids Run, garnering the highest total of school group participants at the annual MCM organized event.  Group Coordinator and PE teacher Kathie Chmura, pictured with Healthy School Award sponsor Sodexo's Larry McMarlin, fellow PE teachers Emily Stewart and Nicholas McDonald, Polk Elementary principal PreeAnn Johnson, and MCM director Rick Nealis, accepted one of five Healthy School Awards presented this year.



The 2015 MCM Kids Run will be held Saturday, October 24. Group registration for schools requiring 50 or more entries for 2014 MCM Kids Run is now closed. Groups with fewer than 50 runners are instructed to register through the MCM Kids Run general registration.

Kids Run Info Packet.

To facilitate participation, school group coordinators may contact Sandra Osborn-Peters at sandra.osbornpeters@usmc.mil or 703-784-2357.

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