THE CLARENCE DEMAR MARATHON INC wrote -
Keene Elm City Rotary is helping area second graders celebrate “ME” by presenting them with a brand new pair of high quality sneakers. Each spring, Follow “ME” pairs 60 plus volunteers with over 640 growing feet in over 27 schools in Cheshire county. Our message is simple- Follow “ME” and move every day in your new sneakers. On sneaker delivery day we let the kids know about the importance of physical activity and that we care about their healthy development. We share with them the meaning behind the gift of sneakers- inspiring them to Move Every Day and to be an inspiration to others as well. We present them with healthy community opportunities for “ME” - passes to the Keene Family YMCA, Keene Ice, MoCo Arts and the Swamp Bats and an opportunity to participate in the Kids DeMar. Over the summer school children in grades 1-5 log over 25 miles of activity and thus are qualified to run the last 1.2 miles of the DeMar on race day. More than 1,000 kids will participate in the free Kid's DeMar Race this year. “Follow Me” is such a feel good program and the smiles, hugs and heart-felt thank you notes from second graders inspire us to work even harder. And building on that come September you will see many a second grader in their loved and worn sneakers all high fives and having a blast with the happy energetic throng of local elementary school students. Thank You so much for supporting this fundamental building block for healthy youth. It will enable us to reach even more children to follow “ME” and to participate in the Kids DeMar.