×

More than 800 Monadnock Region second graders given free sneakers

  • Over 800 brand new New Balance sneakers were given out to Monadnock region second graders recently through the Keene Elm City Rotary’s Follow ME (Move Everyday) program. Courtesy photo—

  • Over 800 brand new New Balance sneakers were given out to Monadnock region second graders recently through the Keene Elm City Rotary’s Follow ME (Move Everyday) program. Courtesy photo—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 04, 2018 11:14AM

More than 800 pairs of New Balance shoes were handed out to Monandock Region second graders last month, all part of an initiative aimed at childhood and family wellness.

The shoes were donated through the Keene Elm City Rotary’s Follow ME (Move Everyday) program to inspire children to get up and move in any way they can. 

“The idea is to remove a barrier for children to allow them to move,” said Beth Corwin, who said the program has given out around 3,500 shoes over the past four years. “For some of these kids, this is their first pair of athletic shoes or their first pair of new shoes.”

Jaffrey Grade School, Rindge Memorial School, Hancock Elementary School, and Dublin Consolidated School were among the 30 schools involved in the sneaker program this year. 

Those who received sneakers will be among a larger group of regional elementary school students who participate in the kid’s DeMar challenge, which tasks them with completing 25 miles worth of exercise throughout the summer.

The challenge culminates on the last Sunday in September, when they run the last 1.2 miles of the Clarence DeMar Marathon to finish the marathon. 

“They get to go across the finish line just like any other runner,” said Corwin.

A new component to the sneaker program this year, according to Corwin, was the creation of a music video to inspire the kids to dance along.

The video, featuring choreography from NH Dance Institute instructor Kristen Leach and music from composer Peter Siegel, was produced by Katie Day and 710 Main Productions and features dancing from NHDI dancers. 

“The video and lyrics help connect the concept,” said Corwin. “It really connects that home to school connection.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.