Fifth graders got a full workout as they participated in the Mini-Murph Challenge at Park Avenue Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District on May 27.
The event was held in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Patchogue native and Navy SEAL who died while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. Teachers said that they wanted to honor a Long Island hero while also showing students how to live healthy and fit lifestyles.
Taking advantage of a warm and sunny day, activities were held outside. Students from Melissa Danowski’s and Jenna Stack’s classes participated in a kids version of the CrossFit Hero Workout, known as the Mini-Murph. They began with a run, then did 50 pull-ups, 100 push-ups and 150 air squats before ending with another run.
To honor the courage and sacrifice of all men and women from the Armed Forces who have given their lives, the event was held just prior to Memorial Day. Students were selected to carry American flags during each run, which consisted of three laps around the perimeter of the school. To be considered as a flag bearer, they had to submit a short essay describing that qualities they have that embody Michael Murphy.
All students were provided with T-shirts for the event. Families could also make a donation to the Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Fund.
1: Fifth graders at Park Avenue Elementary School took part in the Mini-Murph, a kids’ CrossFit workout, on May 27 in honor of Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy.
2: Students and teachers ran three laps around the school to close out their day of exercise.
3: Shane Harris worked on his 100 push-ups.
4: Mikaela Plock and her fellow fifth graders got in a full workout.
5: Landon Behrens, left, and Nathaniel Azzata used the playground equipment for 50 pull-ups.
Photos courtesy of the North Bellmore School District