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Walking club created at school

Seventh-graders Diona Schultz, Mikayla Hensel and Gavin Tyge spend recess walking in the Century School gymnasium. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Century Middle School students are beating the cold with exercise.

Century physical education teacher Aarin Galski started an indoor walking club this fall to give students another option during recess. The club is for seventh- and eight-graders.

"We opened it up to the fifth- and sixth-graders but they still have an interest in going outside no matter how cold it is," Galski said.

She and other teachers saw the older students dragging their feet on the way outside.

"It's been going great," she said. "I consistently have had 20 to 30 students inside jamming to music and just walking and chatting with friends."

Temperatures haven't been too low yet so Galski expects more students will show up in the next couple months.

"So far it's been a great success and it really hasn't even been that cold out," she said. "Ultimately, they enjoy the opportunity to stay warm instead of having to go outside during the cold winter months."

Diona Schultz, Mikayla Hensel and Gavin Tyge are in the same seventh grade class.

"I like the music," Schultz said. "It gets me pumped up for the next class."

Eighth-graders Kami Pedersen and Treasa Kako walk because it's a lot warmer than going outside.

"I'm more focused for my classes for the rest of the day after this," Kako said.

"They're getting it," Galski said about the health benefits.

The club walks from about 11:15 to 11:42 a.m. Monday through Thursdays.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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