DERRY — They trotted for good health.
Every year before Thanksgiving, West Running Brook Middle School hosts its own version of a Turkey Trot, giving students a chance to get outdoors and run around the school as part of a healthy lifestyle and school curriculum.
Different grades took to the trot route at various times during the day on Nov. 20. Teachers stood guard to cheer on students as they rounded corners during the one-mile course.
This was the fifth year for the event.
West Running Brook assistant principal Lorrie Belinsky said students are very enthusiastic about the run each year.
There are also good lessons to be taught, she said.
“It’s a way to build school community and to help the greater community,” she said. “It also promotes fitness.”
In each grade, the top runners won turkeys to take home for Thanksgiving. Second- and third-place winners got pies as prizes.
Students were encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items to donate to local food pantries during the holiday season.
Belinsky said it wasn’t just about the fun of running, but so much more.
“It is a school-wide focus on fitness, health, setting and achieving goals,” she said. “It is also a way to support the Derry community by helping those in need.”