Wellness activities in school district

Ray Middle School

Because a healthy breakfast each morning helps students to focus in the classroom for optimal academic performance, Ray Middle School has been working to increase the number of students purchasing breakfast in the school cafeteria. Students who are bussed to school are encouraged to request a special pass so that they can enter school to purchase breakfast before all the busses are unloaded.

Elden Elementary School

The school is creating posters that depict age-appropriate exercises and activities for students. They will be hung in all of the school's classrooms. One of the activities that will be highlighted is walking on the district's fitness trail.

McNamara Elementary School

In October, the school, in conjunction with its PTA and the YMCA, held a "Get Movin' Night" to promote wellness and physical activity. Families could participate in a variety of activities such as yoga, sports skills and Zumba. Information on healthy eating was also available.

Palmer Elementary School

Trista Holden-Betts, a Palmer parent, began a jump-roping program at the school in November. This is a PTA initiative. Students meet after school once a week for about 45 minutes to jump rope for a cardio workout.

Reynolds Elementary School

Principal Olivia Cambs and School Nurse Judy Tack began a walking group for students. Students in a different grade level each day can participate in a walk outside after lunch for about 10 to 15 minutes when the weather permits.

Van Buren Elementary School

The school held its first wellness fair in October. Families participated in physical activities and visited educational booths for health-related information. Also new to the school is a walking group, which physical education teacher Dan Vannatta leads each Monday for what he has named "Monday Miles." During their activity period at the end of the day, students walk or run on the school's fitness trail or in the gym. About 15 to 20 students participate each week.

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