Three times a week, our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students are given the opportunity to walk to music. On most days, they walk for at least 20 min. Our students start the morning Wake Up walk at 7:25 and return to class at 7:45. Our students seem to enjoy our walks before a long day in the classroom. With our walks, we hope to improve our students health, but also prepare them for their school day. When ever possible, we reward our students who attend our walks regularly. We like to give our students an alternative breakfast, like a yogurt smoothie or flavored milk. I myself enjoy the walks, as it gives me a chance to talk to students and prepare mentally for my day.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Some students were not allowed to attend due to a morning tutorial session, so I came up with a schedule that allows for them to come at least once a week.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
I see improvement in students ready for their school day, as a result of the walk. They are not sleepy or sluggish.
How did you accomplish your goals?
My principal is very happy with our program, and I plan to continue the morning walks next year.
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