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All-School Walking Club

By
Kyle Peters,   Saint Patrick School (elkhorn)
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Physical Activity Participation

Saint Patrick's Elementary in Elkhorn Nebraska has implemented an all-school Walking Club. Once students get to school in the morning, they walk laps either outside or inside the school until they report to their classrooms to start their day. With this program, students are active in the morning instead of sitting and waiting for school to start. We like that this program allows students who do not have PE and recess each day a chance to be physically active. Teachers say they have found that more of their students are more alert and awake to start their morning compared to the previous years when the students did not walk before school. This is another example of physical fitness having a positive impact on student learning.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

First off we built a new sidewalk around the school so when students walk outside they do not track into the school. The financial commitment to the sidewalk shows that the all-school walking club is something we plan on continuing for many years to come.

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

We faced the challenge of Nebraska winter weather. We wanted to continue our program throughout the entire year, not just when the weather is nice. We came up with a route inside our school so students can walk each day no matter the weather.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The biggest improvement we have noticed at Elkhorn St Patrick's Elementary is that students are more awake and ready to learn as soon as school starts. Teachers have noticed a difference of students being more awake and alert in the first hour of the day.