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Dear LA Teacher,

I was told my teen was at-risk of flunking out of school. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games and eating chips. He doesn’t have any self-discipline and his weight shows it. Please help.

Distraught Mom

Dear Distraught Mom,

Look into hooking your son up with Students Run LA (SRLA). It’s a 25-year-old organization adopted by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that has a successful track record. SRLA challenges at-risk youth to experience the benefits of goal setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing teens with a life-changing experience—the training and completion of the Los Angeles Marathon.

SRLA provides kids with a teacher mentor who will assist them with their training. During the process lessons regarding responsibility, discipline, and goal setting are reinforced, and a “can do” attitude is created. Students are also taught the benefits of physical fitness and the pleasure of living a healthy life. All students are welcome.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 is the Los Angeles Marathon where 25,000 runners will meet at Dodger Stadium and run a 26.2 mile run through Silver Lake, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Westwood finishing near the Santa Monica Pier.

SRLA runners from 175 schools in Los Angeles County will join the LA Marathon this Sunday. In the past, more than 95% of SRLA kids starting the marathon have finished. According to Dana Bartholomew in a March 8, 2014 article, “At-risk teenagers are ready to conquer the L.A. Marathon,” she writes, “95% of SRLA runners have completed high school—compared with 60% of students in Los Angeles County.”

Students Run LA seems to be the best bet to get any at-risk child back on track.

Best wishes,
LA Teacher

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