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PE with Parents

David Dick,   Westview Elementary School
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork

We are doing a program called PE with Parents. It is a before-school program where students invite their parents to join them in an appropriate physical education class. Students and parents work together doing activities such as football, basketball, gymnastics, jump rope, and volleyball seems to be the favorite. Activities are cooperative and bring the family together for fun and fellowship.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults did physical activity strategies to succeed in certain sport skills. We worked together as a group to have multiple jump roping challenges. Parents and children worked on catching skills with the football. We also had many different basketball games where both adults and children succeeded.

How did you accomplish your goals?

With the help of the NFL and the American Dairy Council, we were able to get materials to work with the large numbers of parents and students. We also are using Rock the Bike to incorporate good nutrition and exercise into our program. Good communication through the website, and letters, and email were successful ways to reach parents.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

There is a positive energy about the program. Doing exercise before school seems to help all students. The relationship between parents and their child improved with fun activities that they can work together to accomplish.