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Eagle Walking and Running Lap Day

By
DON CARTER,   Baylor Clg Biotech Acad-rusk
Play:
Walk this Way — Start a Walking Club
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation
Eagle Walking and Running Lap Day
Students participate in the Eagle Walking or Running Lap Day once a week, weather permitting. Students have a choice to walk or run during a 20-30 minute time period. A large majority of students spend their time running. Students are given a popsicle stick every time they complete a lap. Once the class is over, the students count their sticks and turn them in. Scores are recorded on an on-going spreadsheet. At the end of the school year, students receive a certificate recording the mileage they have accomplished. The top three runners in each class will be acknowledged with an award. The students really LOVE participating in Lap Day.

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

With Lap Day being in Houston, our challenge for our students is the heat and humidity. We have several students who LOVE to run, but they have a difficult time continuing due to the heat and humidity. We are teaching the students to pace themselves and take as many breaks as possible to help them continue being successful.

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

We are completing Lap Day once a week from 20 -30 minutes depending on the weather. If the heat index or ozone warning is out, we may have to switch Lap Day to another day or make it up in the future.