Roopville Elementary School signed the Power Up for 30 pledge in November 2014 to formalize many of the school’s existing wellness and physical activity efforts.
In 2012, school leaders introduced Revving up Recess and a 5K Kids program focused on encouraging students to be more active. Since launching these programs, they have already seen great results with 81 students participating in the Roopville Hornet 5K this year.
Power Up for 30 has helped tie together all of these exercise activities to make movement a priority throughout the school day.
To work in the extra 30 minutes of physical activity every day, teachers use the regularly scheduled recess breaks and also participate in 10 minutes of activity with web-based exercise programs. With the help of these resources, students are performing dance moves and exercises while participating in a digital adventure on the classroom’s promethean boards.
In addition to Power Up for 30, Roopville Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) purchased equipment for each grade level to utilize outside during recess breaks.
Power Up for 30 has allowed the children to concentrate more when it is time to sit down, learn and work during class. The students always look forward to the built-in movement times.
“I love the huge jump rope,” said Wyatt. “It gives you a lot of exercise!”
Teachers also enjoy Power Up for 30 as it has greatly benefited the health, academic performance and skill building opportunities for students.
“My kids love having extra equipment on the playground,” said Stacey Morris, first grade teacher. “Not only has it helped in keeping them physically moving, but it also taught them how to work together, take turns and use their problem-solving skills.”
“Working with our 5K Kids has been such a positive experience, “said Christine Carroll, third grade teacher. “I’ve watched them make a commitment to the running club for themselves and encourage others to make that same commitment. These healthy habits and successes overflow into their everyday thinking. Our students believe in themselves!”
For more information on Roopville Elementary, visit res.carrollcountyschools.com.