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Before-School Run/Walk Club

By
JESSICA SHAWLEY,   Moscow Middle High School
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Physical Activity Participation

We implemented a before-school run/walk program to promote physical activity before school to help support learning readiness and to increase the amount of physical activity during the students' school day. Our pilot program met twice per week in the spring semester and had over 100 students participating at some point, including a core regular group of 30 students. Students tracked their laps and attendance to earn participation awards. It was a well-received program and we plan to expand it this next year to become a year-long club.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The before-school run/walk club has provided students with an opportunity to exercise and socialize in a safe environment rather than just sit in the cafeteria in the morning waiting for the bell to ring. Having this club helps reduce discipline problems before school as well. Students are smiling, visiting and running/walking to upbeat music - all of which helps them get ready to have a successful school day!