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A PS 164 Running Frenzy Wins Grand Prize

For the fourth year in a row, NYRR celebrated Read Across America by converting Mighty Milers mileage into books for the month of March. There were three award levels ranging from 50 to 100 books, and one winner of the Grand Prize of 400 additional books. This year, that honor goes to PS 164 in Flushing, NY, where P.E. teacher Julianne DiDominico and her entire school turned the month of March into a “running frenzy”!

Their eyes were always on the grand prize. “Our library has many old, outdated, worn and torn books that need to be replaced,” Ms. DiDominico said. “Unfortunately, our school was denied a grant for new books, so the additional 400 books would certainly be a welcomed addition.” They used over 22 ideas to accomplish their mission and it seems like everyone in the school played a part to celebrate reading and running all month long—from writing and singing motivational Mighty Milers songs to warming up with laps before dance, art, and theater classes. Handmade posters were plastered all over the hallways and an extra P.E. class was awarded to the class that completed the most miles per student, after four weeks.

Mutual support was also encouraged: More proficient runners buddied up to run with and encourage others and many went the extra mile, says Ms. DiDominico. “Students would actually come up to me and tell me that they were running extra laps that day to make up for someone who was absent, ill, or injured.”

Congratulations to PS 164 in Queens for a job well done. Overall, we’re thrilled with what each and every Mighty Miler accomplished in the month of March:

  • Students ran just over 685,000 miles
  • 323 schools earned books
  • Over 22,000 books were distributed with the help of First Book
  • 85 schools qualified for the grand prize

Could your school use some new books? We encourage you to start planning now for next March, when you can turn your own Mighty Milers program into a “running frenzy.” Miles for Books is made possible by NYRR and the support of generous donors, including the Astroff family.

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