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Christie's Goal Setter Walk and Run Club

By
Gina Bustamante,   Christie Elementary School
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Physical Activity Participation
Year after year, our campus encounters a challenge holding an after school physical education program, since a large majority of our students ride the bus home. This year, we were advised that students would be coming to Specials on a rotation basis for 1 hour each morning. I took the opportunity to incorporate this time into our walk/run club for children per grade level each morning. It has been a huge success! First we stretch for about 5-7 min then students walk/run a perimeter and collect straws per lap (K-2), 3rd-5th grade collects a straw for every 2 laps and 16 laps is equivalent to 1 mile; many students set this as their goal during their time slot. The use of the straws also gives us an opportunity to go over math in a fun and creative way. Our Walk and Run club prepares our students for their day as they become more alert and attentive first thing in the morning!!

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

We will hold Walk and Run club year round out doors or indoors. We are hoping students will develop a desire to always stay active and healthy by what we instilled at an early age.

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

Most of our students ride the bus to their homes. This limited our students from getting involved in after school activities since most children depend on public transportation. We incorporated Walk and Run club during school hours to overcome this challenge.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students motivate one another to push for another lap. Some maintain a friendly team competition whereas, others compete simply with themselves to do better than before.