On Monday, November 26, the Walk
Across Illinois School Fitness Program
gave its first monthly incentive to
deserving students from Ms. Hehn’s
classes at John Garvy School on
Chicago’s northwest side. The
November prize, a visit from The
Chicago Bears’ mascot, Staley Da’
Bear, was a great success.
Ms. Hehn says that Walk Across Illinois
is key to getting her students more
active. “Obesity is such a problem in
the schools. This program connects
P.E. classes with the classroom and
makes them accountable in both,” she
During his visit, Staley taught Ms.
Hehn’s seventh and eighth grade
students about the importance of
staying fit and healthy, while getting
them involved in some fun exercises.
Some teachers even got in on the fun,
doing pushups with their students!
Following his presentation with the
seventh and eighth graders, Staley
dropped in for a surprise visit to other
classrooms as well. Students from
kindergarten through sixth grade were
pleasantly surprised by their
unexpected afternoon guest.
Walk Across Illinois School
6 WEEKS AND STILL WALKING ON!
TOTAL STUDENTS PARTICIPATING: 1,545
TOTAL MILES FOR ALL SCHOOLS: 66,933
AVERAGE MILES PER STUDENT: 45.01
WE HAVE WALKED TO ANNAWAN,
ILLINOIS AND ARE WELL ON OUR WAY
TO OUR 167-MILE GOAL.
STALEY DA’ BEAR VISITS GARVY SCHOOL
Students at Garvy visit with Staley da’ Bear
DID YOU KNOW?
-The town of Annawan, Illinois has a
population of 7,911 people.
-The first resident of Annawan built
the first log cabin there in 1846.
- The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific
Railroad brought settlers and business
to Annawan in the late 1800s.