- Donna Stables, Cornerstone Christian School - Jacksonville
- NFL Play 60 Challenge
- Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Teamwork
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.