De Pere School Works to Get Kids Moving - WBAY

De Pere School Works to Get Kids Moving


A De Pere school is getting creative to get kids moving more throughout the school day.

In phys ed class at Foxview Intermediate School, each student is required to participate in activities.

"It's a lot of fun being active. Then you get to play sports and everything," said student Anthony Goeb.

The school is trying to make sure kids are moving as much as possible and not just standing around.

"When we play kickball, instead of playing plain old kickball we play aerobic kickball where all students are moving. We always start with a warm up on the board. So, when they come in, they're automatically in activity and don't have to wait for instructions," explained physical education teacher Mary Hofbauer.

This is one of the ideas in what's called the Department of Public Instruction's active schools toolkit.

Foxview is working with Live54218 to implement some of these strategies.

"Children spend most of their waking hours in school so by providing opportunities for more physical activity, it really ensures they get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day," said Melinda Morella, the assistant director for Live54218.

Fox Intermediate is also trying to make sure kids are being active during recess.

There have been issues with kids just standing around or lining up early to go inside, but now its trying to make sure the kids are moving.

"We're getting a program going where March 21 the kids get to vote for teachers to sumo wrestle. So, if they're active for every day that they're outside, they get one vote on a staff member to wrestle," said Mark Kirst, the dean of students.

The last part of this initiative will involve incorporating exercise into lesson plans in the classroom.

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