Nolanville Fun Run

Nolanville Elementary School hosted its first-ever family fun run last May 4 at the school. The school launched a popular student run club this year that has caught on and a grant helped initiate the community event.

NOLANVILLE — About 130 residents took part in a fun run at Nolanville Elementary School in an event that spoke to the school’s community reach.

School PE teachers Raeann Melvin and Michael Duncan orchestrated the event after school May 4 through a grant from the Billion Mile Run.

The grant paid for a portable speaker system, race bibs and bracelets, air horn and banner, but the event went farther then the 5 kilometers participants completed.

In fact, Melvin said Nolanville Elementary was chosen from among 6,000 grant applicants because of its active commitment to fitness and to the community.

The school started a running club this year that has drawn huge response, with students logging miles daily before the start of school.

The school’s demographics, including its military connection and active Fort Hood adopt-a-school partnership, played into the grant.

Businesses, senior citizen volunteers and a middle school group also took part in the event, Melvin said.

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