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The Kindergarten Marathon: Kingsley Tradition

May 16, 2019 11:27:19 AM / by Doug DeMaio

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Kingsley loves to celebrate the successes of our students, big and small. One of the most important rites of passage for our students is when they move from Kindergarten into Lower Elementary. We mark this event with a unique celebration known as the Kindergarten Marathon.

DSC_0072The Kindergarten Marathon

Each Spring, as the weather begins to brighten and our students start looking forward to their summer and next school year, our Kindergarteners gather for a class-wide celebration. 

Moving Up to Lower Elementary

Kindergarten is part of Kingsley's Early Childhood program—the first installment in the Foundational Decade of Learning. When students complete their Kindergarten year, they are prepared to join their older friends in the Lower Elementary classes in the Exeter building. This is a big move for the students, many of whom have spent their last four years in the Toddler and Preschool programs in the Fairfield building. Moving up to Lower Elementary is a complete change for these students, and it takes courage and support to make that change seamlessly. One of the ways that we build a supportive community, is to celebrate this landmark as a school!

Celebrating our Kindergarteners


As a way to bring everyone together in a fun, supportive environment, and to take advantage of our great neighborhood location, we host our Kindergarten Marathon on the Charles River Esplanade. Members of our school community, especially our Exeter students, make a point to attend the "Marathon" in full spirit! Handmade signs, bells, coordinated cheers, and lively high-fives are all par for this miniature Marathon course.

The Main Event

The course of the Marathon is actually an (approximately) 100-yard stretch of the Esplanade, but for our Kindergarteners it feels like a Marathon! The Kindergarten friends run together, in groups, led by our Physical Education staff. Students are allowed to choose the speed at which they want to run the race, and run together with similar speed friends. 


Each group has ample time to run the course together, and smile and wave to their cheering sections! Parents, students, and faculty line the course and cheer their friends to victory across the finish line. 

Once all of the Kindergarten friends cross the finish line, they are awarded victory medals for their efforts. The day traditionally ends with a trip to the Esplanade playground! Students of all ages join together to celebrate the accomplishments of their friends and get to know each other even better before wrapping up one year, and starting a new school year together. 



The Kindergarten Marathon is a wonderful way to build community, show your support for your peers, and have some fun in a beautiful part of Boston. Parents, family members, and friends are welcome to come cheer on our Kindergarten runners every year. We love this opportunity to celebrate an important rite of passage for our students.


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Topics: foundational decade of learning, physical education, student centered

Doug DeMaio

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