ABOUT FINDING OUR STRIDE
Finding our Stride is a school-based running program for underserved (30% or higher free and reduced lunch) middle and elementary schools in the Upper Valley. Our mission is to build fitness, self-esteem and teamwork through running. Our goal is to address childhood obesity and increase outdoor activity, as studies have demonstrated that there is a positive correlation between exercise and readiness to learn and improved self-confidence.
Finding Our Stride was established in 2011 via the Children’s Fund of the Upper Valley (www.childrensfunduv.org), a donor-advised fund within New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Finding Our Stride is also supported by Norwich Partners, Mascoma Savings Bank, Positive Tracks, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Hypertherm Hope Foundation, and generous individual donors. We welcome additional funding partners!
Finding our Stride partners with school leadership to design a program that works best for each school. We start at the middle school level and create a co-ed program for that age group if it does not already exist. We then move to the elementary school level. If an elementary school currently has a running program, such as ‘Girls on the Run,’ Finding Our Stride can help create a running program for boys.
Typically, school/district leadership recruits coaches, and Finding Our Stride provides logistical support, transportation, coaching stipends, snack, t-shirts, and end-of-season race entry fees (when applicable). We do not charge a registration fee. Finding Our Stride also has a Sneaker Fund and will provide a voucher for running shoes to participants demonstrating a need, upon recommendation from coaches or school leadership.
Finding Our Stride works to track the progress of our student participants during the program. We hope to use this information to demonstrate the value of the program to other interested schools and supporters. Our hope is to bring Finding Our Stride to every Upper Valley school in need that wants to participate!
2019 Finding Our Schools
Bethel Elementary, Bethel VT
Bradford Elementary, Bradford VT
Canaan Elementary, Canaan NH
Claremont Middle School, Claremont NH
Dothan Brook School, Hartford VT
Enfield Village School, Enfield NH
Hanover Street School, Lebanon NH
Haverhill Cooperative Middle School, Haverhill NH
Indian River School, Canaan NH
Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon NH
Mt. Lebanon School, W. Lebanon, NH
Newbury Elementary School, Newbury VT
Piermont Village School, Piermont NH
Riverside Middle School, Springfield VT
Rochester Elementary School, Rochester VT
Union Street Elementary, Springfield VT
White River School, White River Junction VT
Woodsville Elementary, Woodsville NH
Prospective Schools for 2020 – 2021
Blue Mountain Union School, Wells River VT
Claremont Elementary Schools, Claremont NH
Hartland Elementary School, Hartland VT
Samuel Morey Elementary School, Fairlee VT