LEMS sets the PACE

by Sharon Emerling

Landstuhl Elementary/Middle school has picked up the PACE this month! That’s the Alaska PACE Trek. Following the tracks of Paul Staso, a teacher-turned-adventure-trekker, students are watching Paul’s trek across Alaska.

 Schools are asked to form teams, and teams work together to walk the 500 miles that Paul will run across Alaska. Of course, teams here will be walking and jogging locally, and will add their miles up as they go. LEMS kids of all ages are walking and jogging. Coordinator, Sandy Merchat, LEMS PE teacher, has cordoned off several spots and has marked the mileage. The fifth grade alone has topped the 500-mile-mark already, and they’re still on the run!

Schools around the world are participating, and the statistics are impressive.
– 22,515 school children are registered to participate– 230 teams of kids will be virtually trekking
– 33 U.S. states are represented, as well as Australia, the Cayman Islands, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Scotland, South Korea and the United Kingdom
The 500-mile, 3-week-long journey began April 20 in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau.
Anyone who is interested can follow Paul’s progress through Alaska daily via his online classroom at www.pacetrek.com. He updates it frequently, and the LEMS students are really enthused about following his progress.