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Gull Lake’s Happy Feet Club encourages students to get moving

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Gull Lake’s new Happy Feet Club, which will meet in room 2405 every Thursday after school from 2:45 to 3:30, is a non-pressure running club that anyone can join, said family and consumer science teacher Lisa Addy. 

“The Happy Feet Club is made up of students and staff that want to put one foot in front of the other and move toward a healthier and happier self,” Addy said.

Addy had the idea to start the Happy Feet Club, but she threw around the idea to her students before officially starting it.

“It’s not the pressure of a sport, it’s not required,” Addy said. “It removes that competition, it’s just really a way to get people together to get people together to relieve stress and practice self-care.”

Addy said she wanted to start the club to encourage students to be physically active, but also to benefit mentally from exercising. Addy hopes the club will get the ball rolling for students who don’t usually exercise.

Happy Feet Club participants gather on a Thursday after school. Those pictured include Grace Foster, Kayla Eklund, Luke Edgerly, and Lisa Addy. Photo courtesy of Lisa Addy

“Like the flyer says, you don’t have to go fast, you just have to go,” Addy said. “That’s really our main message, to just let go and get moving for 30 minutes.”

Addy hopes that Happy Feet Club members will be inspired to take more steps to live a healthy life, like exercising more often or eating well.

Students and staff can just drop in participate in the Happy Feet Club, even if they can’t make it every Thursday.

“We’re always taking new people,” Addy said. “I am inspired by the Borgess run club because they have the idea of meeting new people, supporting new ideas, and creating new friendships.”

Students who aren’t necessarily involved in sports or extracurriculars will benefit from the Happy Feet Club, by being both physically active and improving their mental health.

“Just come with us and walk, run, jog,” Addy said. “You don’t have to have any ability, you just have to move.”

Annie Thorn

This is my first year on staff at the Reflection. I enjoy running track and cross country. I also spend a lot of time volunteering at Gracespring and the Richland Community Library. After I graduate this year, I hope to go to college and pursue a career in public history.


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