The employees of the Milbank School District completed their 4th Annual A Walk Around the World challenge and increased their mileage to 29,473 miles. That’s equal to walking two trips from Milbank to Tibet and back to Milbank and more than around the world – the circumference of the earth at the equator is 24,874 miles.
According to one of the district’s wellness committee members, Kathy Sussex, “Each year, more employees take part in the challenge.” This year 88 staff members took part in the 12-week challenge compared to 80 last year. The group walked 29,473 miles, an increase of 1,791 miles. Of the 88 participants, 86 walked at least 150 miles and will receive a t-shirt for meeting that goal.
“The district had a competition between Koch Elementary and the high school/middle school employees,” Sussex said. “Koch School won the contest by walking 2,953 more miles than the high school/middle school staff.” The top three walkers at Koch School were Josie Hanson (776 miles), Kelli Hoff (691 miles) and Diane Berkner (672 miles). This year, 45 Koch School employees took part in the challenge compared to 42 last year.
The top three walkers at the high school/middle school were Dan Snaza (636 miles), Kathy Sussex (612 miles), and Caitlyn Oien (557 miles). There were 43 participants compared to 38 last year.
The district continues its partnership with Sanford Health to encourage their employees to live a healthier life. The wellness committee adopted the vision statement – Bulldogs for Better Living. Business manager, Nancy Meyer, is the chairman of the committee that consists of Katie Gilmore, Tammy Mielitz, Nancy Quade, Susan Karels, Kathy Sussex and Hether Voeltz. “The goal is to create a work environment that promotes healthy behaviors and reduces chronic disease risk,” stated Sussex.
Koch 2 – Top Koch School walkers: (l. to r.) Maren Davis, Jessica Hanson, Diane Berkner, Chad Nolz, Jay Elsberry, and Kelli Hoff.
Koch 3 – Other top walkers from Koch School: (l. to r.) Cindy Davis, Josie Hanson, and Lori Buescher
High school/middle school winners: (l. to r.) Caitlyn Oien, Dan Snaza, and Kathy Sussex