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We Can All be Active

Rita Baszler,   Washington 4th/5th Grade Ctr
Physical Activity Participation
We have gotten our walking program off to a great start! The program targets the students that are not active on the playground. We want them to grab a friend and walk. We purchased the EZ Scan app to document the miles walked and it has been awesome. The program is easy to use and the awards are so easy to track and give out. We started by having one 4th grade and one 5th grade class pilot the program. The students logged over 400 miles the first 2 weeks. The next week we invited the other 4th grade classes to join the program and this week we introduced it to the other 5th grade students and staff. The program is so easy to run, no pun intended. We set 2 trails outside each lap is one swipe and 8 laps equals a mile. Laps in the gym count also. 4 laps in the gym equals one swipe and so on. As you can see it is a working math problem, and one that can use fractions or decimals. Students are allowed to log any walking or running that they do at school or away from school as long as they can measure it. Nobody polices the program, instead it is on the honor system. The teachers simply allow time in the day for the students to grab an iPad and swipe their QR code card if they have walked. The students are getting active and today a teacher asked me if he could have a card so that he could challenge other teachers. Thank you for the grant money so that we can track miles and offer incentives to be active.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students in the pilot program really stepped up and got active. They sparked interest in the other students also.

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

We have a couple of advisors at our school and Mandy plans to have several other challenges through out the year. The challenges will include eating healthy in order to receive incentives.