On the surface, things at Hammond School look relatively calm. Classes, after-school activities, and car-pool lines all continue with relative normalcy. But a storm is brewing among the faculty and staff. Elementary school teachers are pacing the classrooms while they teach. IT directors are looking for excuses to leave their desks and roam. PE teachers are leaving their free periods to go outside, returning with mild perspiration showing on their foreheads. Executive secretaries are walking to nearby offices instead of e-mailing.
And it’s all the fault of the athletic office.
Angie Wolff, Hammond’s new assistant athletic director, has equipped 16 five-person teams with pedometers and has signed the school up for The South Carolina Independent School Association’s (SCISA’s) walking challenge. Equipped only with pedometers and their competitive natures, faculty and staff members are looking for an excuse to get healthy.
“We know our student-athletes are getting and staying healthy on our athletic fields, but we wanted to join SCISA in offering this great incentive for faculty and staff to get involved too,” notes athletic director Andy Edgren. “It’s such a simple concept that I think any workplace could do it: buy pedometers, divide into teams, and go for it!”
Teams of five are competing feverishly to log the most steps. It hasn’t been unusual for someone to log 20,000 steps in a 24-hour period. And it’s great fun.