Outdoor Recess Walking Club

May 2, 2009 at 4:30 am | Posted in Physical Activity - During School | 1 Comment
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At Norwich Elementary in Hilliard, our theme for the 4-week walking club this May is “Sports Blitz”.  Three parents are coordinating the walking club, in which students are counting their laps around the playground during recesses, logging in their laps on classroom posters, and watching the large USA map in the hallway to find out each week which stadium or arena they have walked to as a group.   Each classroom has decided on a team name, and turns in their classroom lap log-in sheets to a box in the office.   In the past, we’ve also used mileage tracking cards, which were kept sort of like library cards in their classrooms and turned in as they were completed to a box in the central hall. 

This year we are happy to celebrate our new asphalt walking path, the funding of which was pulled from three sources: PTO funds, a “Let’s Just Play” Nickelodeon grant won by student Colton Miles, and a monetary Walmart award for  Mrs. Cathie Maple, who won “Teacher of the Year” in 2008.

What a creative way to walk together!

What a creative way to walk together!

Six laps around the playground path equals one mile.   Students may also log in mileage they have done at home, and parents are informed about the walking club with a flyer sent home in the backpacks.  To see the flyer, click here: walkingclubflyrsportsblitz.   Each classroom also receives weekly sports trivia, and correct answers can earn them extra bonus miles.  The volunteers who write the questions try to infuse geography and civic lessons into the trivia. 

In order to continue the excitement and motivation, the wellness committee and parents are attempting to get athletes, mascots and other sports-related celebrities to walk during lunch recess with the students.  Students also receive small incentives: toe tokens purchased from www.fitnessfinders.com.  K-1’st graders receive one token for 3 miles, 2-5th graders must walk 3 miles to receive a token. Some kids string these on their backpacks, shoes, or some make them into jewelry!

To see one student’s take on the walking club, click on Norwichwalkingclubessay.  Our teachers have found various ways to integrate the walking club into their lesson planning.

Toe token necklace; Each one = 3 miles walked!

Toe token necklace; Each one = 3 miles walked!

Poster in main hallway tracks progress as a school!

Poster in main hallway tracks progress as a school!

What’s next for us?   Look for Peaceful Playgrounds next year!



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  1. We love the Norwich Walking Club. Keep up the good work!

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