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15+30+15=60

By
Donna Stables,   Cornerstone Christian School - Jacksonville
Play:
NFL Play 60 Challenge
Topics:
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
15+30+15=60

Physical activity is a high priority at Cornerstone Christian School. Each year we strive to make sure the children are getting plenty of physical activity. This was a challenge in the past between the academic demands and state standards. The Wellness Team, the PTSO, and the student body came together after brain storming and came up with 15 + 30 + 15 = 60. The student and teachers walk, run, or jog 15 minutes in the morning before breakfast. As an added plus, to encourage the students to get physical, the students can listen to music or wear their step counters. The students really enjoy this part. Directly after morning exercise then the children go in for a healthy breakfast. The children are then scheduled for structured PE classes 3 days a week and recess 2 days per week for 30 minutes. The remaining 15 minutes are free play directly before the children get on the bus, go home, or go to Extended Care. The children, the staff, and the community have embraced this activity. The parents have joined in on afternoon and/or morning activity and even donated cold water bottles for the children to take home after play. This has been a huge success. We have seen great improvements academically and behaviorally.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The children wanted play time. The teachers wanted the children to burn energy. The state academics and state standards made the day long and rigorous. Together the adults and children came together to schedule 60 minutes of play each day.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

One challenge we faced was weather. In Florida the weather is crazy - hot, cold mornings, and rain. Together we came up with interesting, physical activities that the children would enjoy doing inside on weather days.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen both academic gains and behavior management with the children. The children are able to accomplish more with their blood pumping and oxygen flowing.