Meep! Meep! Part 2
Martina's Eccentric Electric Personality
makes everyone's energy
positive or powerful!
by Martina Orth-Demczyszyn
March 5, 2001
Martina here! You might be interested in what my aim is with the kids I train. Well here's what it is. My aim with the students I teach and my 'running students' is that through running you can do community service. At any age, one can make a difference. So when I choose a run for the running group, I also include the whole school. In the past (and I hope in the future) I try to target runs that will benefit other kids. I tell them that they are helping other kids get their life on track. It is really amazing what they can do! I am so proud of them.
In the past I organized the school relay portion of the run for shelter (a home to keep kids between the ages of 14-20 off the streets). Ironically, one of my former students ended up there, so it really made me feel good that I was able to help! Then they joined their forces with the Run for Safe Schools and we fund raised for them.
Part of my strategy when I train the runners is letting them know what races are happening all around our city. It is their responsibility for their parents to get them to the race but I always come and cheer them on. This way I hope to foster and encourage an attitude towards a healthy and giving lifestyle. I can also reach the parents and thank them for making a family commitment towards doing something together and making a difference in the community.
$1235 raised for the Canadian Safe School Network
As part of some new goals, I am hoping to get some of our parents involved in helping me run my running program by having them come out and volunteer their time to walk, run, and help supervise.
This year I hope to set up another school run to promote the conservation of our marsh (our school is nestled in the middle of one). This is where we run 3-4 times a week.
I am fortunate to be able to run on soft trails and in the midst of nature. With many of my student runners we have come across a deer or a fox.
Thanks to Martina for sharing her enthusiastic approach to running, kids, family, and the environment.
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