by Lisa Tome
Marissa Morgan had mixed emotions about last Friday's Turkey Trot at Leeds Elementary School.
"I donated food. I like it, it's for a cause. But running like this, they should call it the torture trot," said Morgan, a fifth grader at the school.
The annual event was held November 8. Physical education teacher Suzie Lewis said that students look forward to it. The way the trot works is that students donate non-perishable food items. The donations then go to the Cecil County Help Center for the food pantry and holiday food needs.
"The November character trait is caring. We are showing it by caring for our bodies with exercise and caring for others," said Lewis.
Students ran, walked, or jogged the outdoor course. A half dozen laps around equaled a mile. "We asked each student to maybe bring in one item. Many bring in three or four and we have 400 students," said Lewis.
Tiara Sanders donated applesauce. But she said that fitness was the fun part. "I like running," said Sanders.
Rodney Ham said the run is a challenge. "It's definitely hard. But I do it every year," said Ham.
Lewis said promoting the Turkey Trot isn't difficult. "We start by talking about what they have for Thanksgiving food. We talk about what's on the dinner table," said Lewis.
Aiden Burnham brought corn to donate. "I like running," said Burnham.
"This is fun and helping. They are getting good exercise that they don't always get. This is the fall equivalent of the Fun and Fitness Day," added Lewis.