This blog is the first in a series of posts written with staff and students at Oregon Active Schools elementary schools. Oregon Active Schools supports programs that inspire a lifelong love of physical activity and its many benefits for every child in Oregon through opportunities to be active before, during and after school.
Here's what Hallman Elementary School staff had to say about Oregon Active Schools:
Q. How did your school use its Oregon Active Schools grant?
A. We used our Oregon Active Schools grant to start and motivate students at recess to run. We purchased charms for students to earn when they complete 20 laps. They continue to build upon this each time they complete 20 laps. Students will receive more charms, water bottles, certificates and more. The top boy and girl runners will win a new pair of shoes at the end of the year.
Q. What sort of changes have you seen in your school related to physical activity?
A. More students are engaged in physical activity at recess. We no longer see kids just standing around talking. Most kids are running or walking and talking around the track. Students seem to be excited to be more active.
Q. Why do you believe physical activity in schools is important?
A. Physical activity provides an outlet for students. It helps to create well-rounded kids. We improve our teaching by reaching the Whole Child.
Here's what Hallman Elementary School students had to say about Oregon Active Schools:
Q. How has school changed since Oregon Active Schools started at your school?
A. At recess more kids run. They use to just talk.
Q. What is your favorite part about recess?
A. Running. You can earn charms.
Q. Why do you think physical activity in schools is important?
A. Physical activity can help you learn more and feel good.
Hallman Elementary School is one of Salem-Keizer Public Schools' 42 elementary schools.