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Running clinic raises money for D.A.R.E. program

Volunteers for running clinic show proper running form to students in hopes of preventing injuries. (Source: KAIT-TV) Volunteers for running clinic show proper running form to students in hopes of preventing injuries. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Project 90 kids explain what they learned during running clinic held at International Studies Magnet School. (Source: KAIT-TV) Project 90 kids explain what they learned during running clinic held at International Studies Magnet School. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Captain America presents completion certificates to Project 90 Kids. (Source: KAIT-TV) Captain America presents completion certificates to Project 90 Kids. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Amanda Herget presents D.A.R.E. Officer Greg Lawson with $500 check. (Source: KAIT-TV) Amanda Herget presents D.A.R.E. Officer Greg Lawson with $500 check. (Source: KAIT-TV)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A two-day running clinic, designed to teach children ages seven to twelve years old proper running form, also resulted in a $500 check to benefit the D.A.R.E. program in Craighead County. The first-ever event in Jonesboro was sponsored by North Face and Merrell. 

"We've seen so much success with our adult Project 90 program we decided to start a clinic just for kids," Amanda Herget, owner of Gearhead Outfitters said.  "We thought if we could teach them the basics while they're young it would only help them as they develop running habits and train for sports."

Amanda, who operates Gearhead Outfitters with her husband, Ted Herget, gave credit to a team of volunteers who worked the running clinic. On the final night of the clinic at International Studies Magnet School in Jonesboro, clinic students showed off what they learned and talked about ways to prevent injuries while running.

Greg Lawson, an officer for the Jonesboro Police Department's Drug Abuses Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) talked about how the program operates in Craighead County. Lawson explained that the mission of D.A.R.E. is to teach children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug-and-violence-free lives.

He accepted a check for $500 from Amanda Herget in a special presentation on the final night of the running clinic. Lawson said D.A.R.E. is funded entirely by the generosity of the community. He thanked parents for helping to fund the program that is available to fifth graders in Craighead County.

Participants were given a certificate specially presented by Captain America.

"It was exciting for our team to watch the kids really absorb the knowledge and implement the things we taught them," Amanda Herget said. "We look forward to hosting more clinics for kids in the near future!" 

  

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