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Stepping to the Global Children's Challenge

Pictured from left to right: Rosy Francis, John Vaughan, Sydney Wright, and Brandon Panos.

 For the next 50 days, students in seven classes at Poplin Elementary are participating in The Global Children’s Challenge (GCC) which began on September 19, 2012. According to the GCC website, this program is a health initiative designed to get children from all over the world active, and instill in them the habit and importance of daily exercise for the rest of their lives. During the challenge, every child receives a free pedometer to track their daily step count and to measure their activity levels against the goals they are encouraged to achieve. Their daily steps in the 'real' world take them on an amazing web-based adventure in a 'virtual' one. At each virtual location, students learn about the history, geography and culture.

The following classes are participating: Patricia Murphy’s 5th-grade class, Jennifer Taylor’s 5th-grade class, Brianne Durant's 4th-grade class, Sarah Mintz’s 4th-grade class, Gillian Bossard’s 5th-grade class, Kim Parker’s 3rd-grade class, Kris Martino’s 5th-grade class, and Melissa Kite’s 4th-grade class.

The students have a daily goal of 10,000 to 15,000 steps. Fifth grader Barry Forbes said the way he meets his goal is to wear his pedometer everywhere. “I wear it to football practice. I wear it when I play outside. I want am trying to win the class prize and I want to be active,” said Forbes.

Sydney Wright, a fourth grader in Brianne Durant’s class, said she has a daily goal of 30,000 steps. “I want to get more steps every day. It’s not hard. You can walk, play sports, and dance. But my goal is to beat 30,000 steps,” said Wright.

Rosy Francis, another fourth grader in Brianne Durant’s class, said “I want to go around the world before it is over.” Francis’s goal is 20,000 steps a day.

Fourth Grade Teacher Melissa Kite said, “The children are so excited to have the pedometers to track their steps each day! We are logging our individual daily steps as well as our combined classroom daily steps. Then as we enter our steps, we travel around the globe through an interactive website. Depending on how many steps we take as a group determines which continent we visit next. We started on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. We stepped all the way to Florida where we visited the Cape Canaveral Launch Pad, Sanford, Florida and Disney World. We have now left the continent and have moved onto the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and Angel Falls, Venezuela. We also have also visited two separate stops in the Amazon Jungle in Venezuela, and we are now in Cape Town, South Africa.”

From geography and social studies to history and technology, students are learning about the world as they challenge themselves by seeing how many steps they can take each day.

Written by: Barry Forbes, 5th-grade student, Rosy Francis, 4th-grade student, Sydney Wright, 4th-grade student, Melissa Kite, 4th-grade Teacher, and Beth Medlin, Media Coordinator
Posted: Oct 09, 2012 by Beth Medlin

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