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PE department wins $5000 grant

Union Elementary recently received $5000 for physical education equipment thanks to student participation in fitness testing and student surveys.  The Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant has enabled Mr. Eich to expand and enhance physical education programs for all of the students. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting state standards.


Students have already used new basketballs, beanbags, and cones and have just started having some fun with scooters during PE class.  They have just finished up playing a game that combines cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, basketball skills and math skills, all while discussing healthy eating habits and the Charlotte Bobcats.


The current activity called Titanic integrates history and globalization with throwing skills and muscular strength.  The students stand on ships (mats) and throw soft balls at bowling pins in order to sink the other ships.  Students roll on scooters to collect soft balls to give to their team mates.


Physical fitness testing will be completed soon using Fitnessgram (http://www.fitnessgram.net/home/).  A fitness assessment and reporting program for youth, developed in response to the need for a comprehensive set of assessment procedures in physical education programs. The assessment includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests that assess aerobic capacity; muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.


Here are some web sites to help with healthful living: American heart association, especially the getting healthy section for healthy eating http://www.heart.org/ , and http://www.nfl.com/play60 NFL PLAY 60, a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.  Yes that’s right 60 minutes every day.

  
 

Written by: Randy Eich, Physical Education Teacher
Posted: Mar 15, 2012 by Jennifer Williams

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