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Welcome, Jim! School to Host Runner Pursuing "Forrest Gump" Style Epic Challenge

On Thursday, February 2 we have the honor of hosting Jim Plunkett-Cole, a runner from the UK who has embarked on an incredible adventure that will see him emulating the epic run of fictional character Forrest Gump.

  • British International School of Chicago, South Loop | Private School Chicago
  • British International School of Chicago, South Loop | Private School Chicago

Jim started his journey on October 1 this year, with the goal of running 20,000 miles throughout America over three years. Jim will engage with thousands of children in schools along the route, highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and promoting the benefits of daily exercise and good nutrition in the fight against childhood obesity.

Another key driver for Jim is to motivate and inspire youth to overcome personal challenges. As an adult with Asperger Syndrome, Jim is passionate about raising awareness that conditions on the autism spectrum do not need to be viewed negatively.

At our school, Jim will lead an educational assembly and participate in a series of “Talk and Runs” with students ages 6 to 12.

This is an unprecedented opportunity for our students and parents to meet an ambitious man on a tremendous personal journey. Jim embodies our approach to learning, which is rooted in our belief that through creativity and challenge there is no limit to what children can achieve.

Stay tuned for photos from the day!

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