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Stamford's Rogers International School Gets Fit At 12th Annual Turtle Trot

From left Rogers International School principal Cathy Cummings, Josue Jasmin, parent outreach coordinator who is dressed as "Mr. Rogers" the school mascot which is a terrapin and Jennifer Argenio, school social worker at the Turtle Trot Thursday.
From left Rogers International School principal Cathy Cummings, Josue Jasmin, parent outreach coordinator who is dressed as "Mr. Rogers" the school mascot which is a terrapin and Jennifer Argenio, school social worker at the Turtle Trot Thursday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
From left Grade 8 students Kate Locker, Niamh Keogh and Devon Yaghmaie, at Roger International School's 12th Annual Turtle Trot Thursday at Cove Island Park in Stamford.
From left Grade 8 students Kate Locker, Niamh Keogh and Devon Yaghmaie, at Roger International School's 12th Annual Turtle Trot Thursday at Cove Island Park in Stamford. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- If you're going to walk nine miles why not add another mile on to it?

That's what a trio of Grade 8 students Kate Locker, Niamh Keogh and Devon Yaghmaie did during Rogers International School's 12th Annual Turtle Trot Thursday at Cove Island Park in Stamford.

"It was fun," Locker said. "We were supposed to do nine but we did ten."

The students walked one mile for each grade level with kindergarten students walking one mile while Grade 8 students walked nine miles for each of the nine grades they completed.

This student-led walk-a-thon promotes health and physical wellness for the school community.

School principal Cathy Cummings said it all started as a way to boost fitness and education.

"It was in response to the fact the children were not getting enough physical activity," she said. "It was also in connection with the Connecticut Mastery Test. The children really didn't seem to have a concept of how long a distance was. For instance, when people did the westward movement, how long it would really take to get to California, how long it would really take to get to the Beardsley Zoo."

At the school, students walk around the school for the same distance that it takes to go to their annual school trip. For instance, if they are going to the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, they will walk that distance, in stages, around the school, Cummings said.

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