The Village School, in collaboration with Nord Anglia Education, hosted Jim Plunkett-Cole Monday, January 30, 2017 for a morning of inspirational talks and races on The Village School’s new track. Jim is currently channeling Forrest Gump with a 20,000 mile run to fight childhood obesity.
“I never tire from seeing the children’s positive reactions to my talk and the run. The session only lasts an hour or two, and the time goes really quickly for me, because I'm enjoying it so much,” said Jim.
The students at Village enjoyed their talk with Jim, but enjoyed being outside and getting active even more. “This is so much fun,” exclaimed multiple 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders from the track as they started their laps.
“It is great for students to see success in a different light. This man is running for a reason he believes in. He has overcome personal anxiety and is taking the time to give back to schools and students. It is a nice reminder for all of us to get outside and be active,” said Judi Klausmeyer, Physical Education Department Chair at The Village School.
“After the session, was probably one of my favorite parts of the day. I was able to see amazing photos and videos from the morning and when people come up and said how much they enjoyed the experience. Feedback such as this makes all the miles and effort wholly worthwhile. It inspires me and motivates me to continue. It would be a lot harder to do the running on its own, a lot harder without the inspiration I get from the children and adults by doing the visits. So I thank The Village School, children and staff, for having me along, for listening and participating so enthusiastically, and for motivating me in turn!”
Jim’s next stop is in Chicago and he will continue to visit schools across the United States. Stay in touch with Jim on his journey by following him on Facebook and Twitter.