A change in schools and classrooms is coming, as student fitness is helped by a grant from Kaiser Permanente.
In Douglas County, the Healthy Schools team has worked to fund fitness classes, creating student led health teams in pilot schools, and professional development for teachers.
“We are just trying to provide and create opportunities for schools to embed physical activity as part of their culture, and bring in opportunities for them to move before, during and after school in effective ways, so they’re not taking away from their learning, they’re just enhancing it,” DCSD Healthy Schools lead Andrea Willis said.
Douglas County School District’s Thriving schools grant coordinator Laurie LaComb concurs. “A lot of kids sit for most of the day,” she said. “We have a lot of tools to combat that and allow teachers to get kids moving through the day.”
Physical activity bags were purchased for classrooms with grant monies. These include activity suggestions, beanbags, juggling scarfs, and more. These tools are being used in classrooms throughout the district on a regular basis.
“I decided to incorporate a lot more movement in my classroom, so I could see how that would affect the kids and how it would affect their learning,” said Sara Schumacher, a teacher at Fox Creek Elementary School.