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Shaw Recruits Healthy Bodies Army Style

Cindy Wray,   Shaw Elementary School
Community Playtime – It’s Good for Everyone
Community Involvement,  Physical Activity Participation
Shaw Recruits Healthy Bodies Army Style
This year, our school was able to partner with our local Army Reserve Unit. Master Sergeant Katherine Kenniston created a station program for all of our kindergarten through fifth grade students. She modeled the program after real army exercises in order to mimic the life of a recruit. Every Wednesday, Master Sergeant and the physical education school staff would set up ten stations such as push-ups, crunches, squats, jumping jacks, flutter kicks, lunges, and bicycle kicks. At each station, the students would participate in the activity and also learn the muscle groups used for the activity and its purpose. The students looked forward to exercising with Master Sergeant. They were eager to participate in the exercises and were always excited on “army days.” This partnership became a creative way to show our students how to be healthy, and it also introduced them to a career path they may want to pursue someday.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students looked forward to working with the adults. They were excited to have a visitor who was part of the armed forces. They wanted to work hard to show her how strong they were.

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

Because of the success of this program and the excitement of the students, we have plans to continue the army style exercises. Master Sergeant K is working with reserve officers to try and get more volunteers to come work out with the students.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The students are showing improvement in their strength, which was a target goal for our school. Because of the healthy routines that the rotations offer, the students are able to complete more reps during each session.