Posted by The Voice of RallyOn on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Summerfest 2012 – Walk to the Olympics!
Peninsula Bridge launched their “SummerFest 2012 – Walk to the London” program at their 8 independent schools this summer. The goal of this team-based challenge was to collectively walk 5,731 miles and to encourage the students to increase their daily miles walked. Each student was provided a pedometer. To help with the tracking, Peninsula Bridge utilized RallyOn’s social wellness challenge application and took advantage of their unique captain-tracking feature to make tracking easier for the students. Sixty-one teachers tracked the steps of almost 400 students, and RallyOn was able to provide the teachers a real-time visual leaderboard, a social wall for messaging and system-generated tracking reports.
Peninsula Bridge has worked to promote academic and personal success for motivated middle school students from under-resourced communities by providing tuition-free 5-week summer programs on independent school campuses for over 20 years. Peninsula Bridge programs have always promoted a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Challenge Highlights in July 2012
Peninsula Bridge planned this challenge to help facilitate the execution and tracking of their new programming effort in celebration of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The program’s objective was to help their students to unleash the “champions within” by emphasizing the importance of exercise, diet, discipline, and teamwork.
Peninsula Bridge announced the challenge to all teachers that would be tracking the miles walked for a given group of students. These teachers joined the challenge and created teams for their specific site group. In all, 61 teams of 10 students and a total of 451 people competed. Captains were able to take advantage of RallyOn’s Captain-trackingTM feature, allowing captains to track for students (particularly those that did not readily have internet access). The challenge ran for 4 weeks with a “gold medal walkers” announcement for top performers on the front page of the Peninsula Bridge website.
Peninsula Bridge collectively walked more than the 5,731 miles from the Bay Area to London, taking just under three weeks to accomplish this goal! The site that walked the furthest was St. Matthew’s with an amazing 3,299 miles! The top individual steppers were at St. Matthew’s and Crystal Springs with 103 miles logged in under 4 weeks, an average of over 5 miles/day.
“The walking challenge exceeded our expectations! The teacher team captains were instrumental in helping form teams as well as in tracking for the challenge. RallyOn provided the tools and support for our teachers to be successful! We hope this is the beginning of changing students behaviors and creating a sense of community around wellness.”
Participating Independent Schools: