Massapequa High School's recent physical fitness assessment had a boot camp feel to it.
In an effort to give students a boost and some inspiration, the school's physical education department invited a Staff Sergeant from a local army recruitin office to join in the grueling mile run that's part of the biannual assessment.
Sgt. Eli Henderson raced up his running shoes and took to the track alongside nine classes over a two day period.
“I was impressed by how motivated, fit and active the students are,” Henderson said. “Out of the 20 schools I’ve worked with, I would put Massapequa in the top four as far as the physical fitness levels of students are concerned.”
The idea to invite Henderson came from physical education teachers Tim Radomski and Tom Sheedy.
At the end of the assessment, each student a cardio fitness-gram that explains optimal fitness ranges for high school students and whether students fell within those ranges.