The Staff Striders

Monday, November 20th, 2017


staff striders
Whether you walk home from school, are driven home, or play an after-school sport, you have probably noticed something different this year. There has been a group of teachers that run after school together: the Staff Striders. You will definitely see them on Wednesdays around 2:45 to 3:00 beginning their runs outside, and on other days too if they choose.

Mrs. Gironda is the creator of this running club, so I asked her, “What was the inspiration for this idea?” Just like any person would believe, being physically fit is a great characteristic to have with many rewards. Mrs. Gironda was looking for ways to stay motivated throughout the winter- aren’t we all?- and instead of running at 5:15 in the morning, she came up with the idea of this club. Instead of abandoning something she had loved for many years, she could now still enjoy the physical benefits and create bonds while doing it.

It looks like Mrs. Gironda was not the only one who liked this idea because there are now 29 members in the club. It welcomes all staff at CHS, and it is their choice whether or not they would like to run. There is no pressure to run a certain time or even run at all. If one prefers to walk and socialize they may as well. Additionally, to give everyone motivation, Mrs. Gironda started a Holiday Challenge. They were all given a daily log where they count all the miles they have traveled, and by January 1st they will hopefully reach their goals of 50, 75, or 100 miles.

Mrs. Gironda says that this club has allowed her to create connections with other teachers that she does not get to see much throughout the day, and it releases stress. She gets the same benefits that any high schooler does in their sports or clubs. Maybe the teachers will become so relaxed that they will end up not giving us homework anymore? In that case, go Staff Striders!

Just kidding. We wish all the teachers that are in the Staff Striders good luck in reaching their goals, and we hope they obtain a love for exercise that benefits them for the rest of their lives.

If you look around in a few weeks, you will see the Staff Striders spirit-wear being worn by various members, so see if your teacher is part of the crew!