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Walking Toward Success!

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jessica gonzales,   Bennie Cole Elem School
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Walking Toward Success!

Students at Bennie L. Cole Elementary were each given a pedometer at the beginning of the school year to encourage them to keep moving. Over time, students tracked their steps every day and as a campus, steps were totaled. The totals were tracked on a state map to see how many miles were accumulated. In turn, the campus as a whole was motivated to keep active and keep moving. This walking for success program also benefited students academically by having students add and subtract their mileage. Students would record their progress on a website and they could see the school’s progress as well. The students love having their pedometer and continue to keep tracking their progress throughout the school year.

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How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students were building the love for fitness while also encouraging their loved ones around them to keep active and keep moving. Some families had even established walking days where they would walk around the neighborhoods to continue to increase their mileage.

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

Some of the challenges faced were students' pedometers would reset at times. We therefore encourage students to track their steps daily or even have mid-day check points so that if the pedometer reset they can just add from the previous total. Another obstacle was students' pedometer being lost over time. Since everyone on campus had a pedometer, it was highly encourage to have their name and grade level on their pedometer.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I have seen the students be more motivated to walk. They also developed a love for fitness. They challenged their friends and family to keep moving. The students were also benefiting in the classroom, by learning how to add their steps then refer to the United States map to track their progress.