Team spirit

Organizers of T.E.A.M. KIDS, from left, Ridge High School students Karly Koelmel, Katherine Winter and Hannah Broos.

Ridge High School student Hannah Broos has been volunteering regularly at Matheny. She’s also a member of the girls’ track team at the Bernards Township, NJ, high school. She and some of her teammates have been planning to run in the 5K Race at Miles for Matheny, but they’re going the extra mile, so to speak. They’ve decided to train elementary school children to either run or walk in the 5K and help raise money for the event.

In a special flyer they’re distributing to promote this project they are identifying themselves as T.E.A.M. KIDS: Teaching Exercise and Awareness for Matheny. Children are invited to be part of a winning team, the flyer says, and to:

• Have FUN

• Train to run or walk 5K

• Learn about the Matheny School

• Raise money to help kids at Matheny.

To prepare the elementary school kids for the 5K, Broos and her teammates will hold training sessions at the Ridge High School track on March 10, March 18, April 7 and April 14, from 1-2 p.m. They are encouraging families to sign up and participate together. At least one adult will be present at every training session, and parents are welcome but not required to attend.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Hannah at, Karly Koelmel at, Katie Winter at or log onto the T.E.A.M. KIDS Facebook page.

Miles for Matheny will be held Sunday, April 22, at Liberty Park in downtown Peapack. For more information or to register, log onto or call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260.

Major Miles for Matheny sponsors are:  The Poses Family Foundation, Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation, Archer & Greiner P.C., BP Fueling Communities, WCBS-TV/WCBS Newsradio 880, Partlow Insurance Agency, Peapack-Gladstone Bank and Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C.