Shoes that Inspire program – Essays from kids

“To be healthy I eat a lot of fruit and health food. I sleep, run, eat, play soccer and drink water. I have soccer practices every day and we ran 12 laps the whole field and that is how I keep my self very healthy. I want to participate in the shoes that inspire running program so I can run faster, get better and be a vey good runner.” – Gabr (4th grade)

“I want to join the Shoes that Inspire program because I want to be healthy and I want to be a better runner, and I am interested because I get to have fitness activities and I hope I get selected because I want for my future to be running a lot. “ – Cianna (5th grade)

“To maintain a healthy lifestyle I like to go to my karate classes. I also like doing P.E at school and because it’s fun. One last thing that I do is play in my backyard doing different activities like paying with my dogs or just running around. These are just a few things I do, but I have many more, for example I eat healthy fruits and vegetables. I’m going to say a few reasons why I’m interested in participating in this program. First all I like running in general. I also like playing in lots of different competitions. Lastly I’m really energetic and I like to win. I also want to push myself and challenge myself to run faster. If I got selected I would like to improve my running skills. I want to have fun in different ways, and learn new things. I would like to win and just be proud of myself by doing this. I hope to learn things that I will remember and that will help me in the future.” – Leslie (5th grade)

“My name is Celest Maya, I’m very happy and honored to have this opportunity to participate in “Shoes That Inspire” program. This touches the bottom of my heart in so many ways, since I was in preschool I remember every physical appointment I had with the Doctor they always told my parents I was overweight. My parents are always changing my diet, doing exercises with me, putting me in swimming classes and every year was the same words coming from the Doctor. Sometimes I really didn’t understand why I was told I was overweight if I looked normal. My parents always encourage me that the most important is eating healthy and doing my exercise everyday is more than enough. My parents also told me that the most important thing is WHO YOU ARE IN THE INSIDE. Those words have helped me out through many years. Participating in this program will allow to bring out my inner courage to inspire other girls and boys my age that have to go through this everyday. Being lonely at recess only because one looks bigger and different, or made fun of because one is bigger than what you see on TV or magazines. I want others to see me and have courage to never give up, to participate in programs and to not be scared because you feel that you will be made fun of. Just take charge of your inner self, participate and follow your dreams. I currently go biking with my mom on a 4-mile biking trail and enjoy every minute of it. I also enjoy hiking with my father. I love outdoors a lot, I also try to avoid sweets. My sincere hope is that this “shoes that inspire” program will give me the courage and the inspiration to try to do this on my own now and learn new techniques to be healthier and get in shape. “ – Celest (5th grade)