Sixteen More Schools Get Moving

You’ve probably heard of the Physical Activity grant, but did you know the program’s now in its second year districtwide? With sixteen more elementary and K-8 schools joining the movement this fall, the program promises to be even more successful in 2015-2016.

Specifically, 31 elementary and K-8 schools will receive funding and support to: implement opportunities for movement before (or after) school, incorporate movement breaks into classroom instruction time, and provide more opportunities for movement during recess.

Thanks to the enthusiastic efforts of Paige Jennings, Physical Activity Grant Coordinator for the district, the three-year Physical Activity grant continues to grow.

“Physical activity improves physical, emotional and social health, increases cognitive functions and academic achievement and reduces behavior and discipline problems,” said Jennings.

Teachers and Administrators Get Moving Too

Over 850 teachers and administrators attended a “Learning in Motion” workshop offered over the past two summers, providing professional development training as well as the research, knowledge and tools needed to integrate physical activity into the classroom.

Teachers attending the workshop receive materials and equipment to integrate movement in their classrooms. Additionally, $38.000 worth of recess equipment was purchased with the grant last year.

Parents Moved by Student Performance

Kids love how movement makes them feel; parents love how it translates to success in the classroom. Physical activity not only improves cognitive functions such as memory, concentration, alertness, motivation, attention and processing speed, it reduces behavior and discipline problems and improves decision-making skills.

100-Mile Club Goes the Extra Mile in 2015

As part of the Physical Activity grant, the 100-Mile Club gives students the opportunity to move before or after school and during 100-Mile Club sanctioned events. 1,878 students participated last year, running and walking a total of 107,405 miles. That’s more than four times around the Earth! 120 parents and staff logged an additional 5,050 miles.

“One of my autistic students recently reached his 100-mile goal. His mom told me he’d gone off his ADHD medication since starting the program in the fall of 2014. She credits the 100-Mile Club with his growth,” said Jill Fadenrecht, PE Teacher & Physical Activity Leader, Black Rock Elementary School.

Other Opportunities to Get Moving Before and After School

  • Mead Elementary’s “Mead for Speed” was an event held during the last week of the 100-Mile Club to give all students in the district one last chance to reach 100 miles.

  • Hygiene’s Jingle Bell Run in December included a visit from Santa and jingle bells for participant’s shoes.

  • Burlington’s Hot Cocoa Run gave everyone a warm finish with hot chocolate.

“This year our district-wide 100-Mile Club goal is to run to the moon and back!” said Jennings.

At the end of the three-year grant, over 16,000 students and 1,000 teachers will participate in the Physical Activity grant.