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Belleville Elementary School's Running Club Makes a Difference


October 10, 2019

Brittany Mabis, Hillary Bennett, Melissa Vetter-Torkelson, Stan Bennett, Nick Frietag, Hannah Kleinhans, Amanda Hefty-Friederick and Tamara Houser before running in the Jingle Bell Run.

Soon after starting her teaching career in the Belleville School District in 1996, Tamara Houser started arriving early on Tuesdays and Thursdays to run before school. Several fifth- and sixth-grade students asked if they could join her.

"This was the start of the Running Club," said Houser, who lives in Stoughton with her husband, Matt, who is a Dane County Sheriff; their daughter Haley is a library media specialist at Sherman Middle School; and son Breckin lives and works in Milwaukee. "There were about 12 students and whoever wanted to run just showed up. During the last two or three...

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