Liberty Elementary School has a new Fitness Friday program to model good health habits and encourage academic improvements. One Friday each month, students and staff will wear their workout clothes to school and take regular activity “brain” breaks.
The idea came from new PE teacher Laura Bates who saw a similar program at her previous school. In addition to modeling healthy activity by wearing their exercise clothes and sharing how they stay fit, teachers will lead students in breaks that include taking a walk, running a lap, or doing some classroom jumping jacks.
“Kids need movement for processing information,” Bates said. “We get more bang for our buck if we give kids time to move.”
Third-grade teacher Kristi Marshall, who led her students in a dance video called “Banana, Banana, Meatball,” said her students love Fitness Friday. “It’s good for all of us.”