With great excitement and anticipation, I was delighted as our PTA joined our staff meeting this morning to help kick off our preparations for one of those favorite times of year at Joyner.

With the Healthy Choice Marathon Kick Off this Friday, we will begin our Joyner 26 day celebration of healthy living. Our students and staff and hopefully our families participate in building strong habits of healthy living.

Here are the three things we ask of everyone each day: Choose a healthy food each day, Participate in a healthy activity for 20 minutes each day and exercise that mind by Reading for 20 minutes each day. With these three acts, we see our JYJ family celebrate a healthier lifestyle.

These 26 days count us down to our Joyner 5K walk/run. This event coordinated by our PTA is an incredible celebration of our school family community coming together celebrating health. We also are adding to this exciting time of year by collecting books to share this healthy lifestyle with others. Our goal is 2600 books!

I strongly encourage everyone to consider how you can participate in this wonderful event. Yes, this is our PTA’s spring fundraiser. Yes, there is a buzz with our stretch goal. This stretch goal will bring a field for all of our children to play on and continue those healthy choices. But the Healthy Choice Marathon is about joining together as a community to teach our children how important our choices are in creating a healthier life.

Parents, there are many ways to help. Check out the Joyner PTA website to discover the many opportunities.

So I wish you all well as you make that healthy food choice, play and exercise for 20 minutes with your kids and READ! Let’s have a great time!