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PA Cyber students surpass 80k miles in national ‘Billion Mile Race’ challenge

Jun 14, 2017

Students at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School accumulated more than 80,000 miles of physical activity over the course of the 2016-17 school year as part of a nationwide physical activity challenge.

PA Cyber participated in the New Balance Foundation’s “Billion Mile Race,” and finished 43rd out of 8,542 schools across the country. This was PA Cyber’s first year participating in the program. 

Using the Movband, a fitness activity tracker, a little more than 1,000 PA Cyber students in grades 7-12 clocked their miles from the beginning of the school year until now. PA Cyber collectively reached 80,700 miles.

According to Marc Grandinetti, physical education program coordinator, students enjoyed using the fitness trackers, which allowed them to see their moves, steps and miles by syncing the band with their laptops.

Two students topped 2,000 miles of movement this school year, Grandinetti said.

“The program encouraged students to make physical activity a part of their daily routine and students stepped up to the challenge,” Grandinetti said.

Overall, the Billion Mile Race had 8,542 schools participate with 2,381,062 students taking part nationwide.

To encourage physical activity, Billion Mile Race was created by ChildObesity180 at Tufts University, and funded by the New Balance Foundation as part of their global NB SparkStart initiative.  Billion Mile Race was inspired by the 100 Mile Club, which challenges students to walk or run 100 miles at school over the course of a single academic year by participating in school-based walking and running clubs. Students have logged more than 5.1 million miles, the equivalent of 22 trips to the moon.

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.