District 281 Implements “Wellness Programs”
By Andrew Richter
Well, either Agenda 21 has hit the Robbinsdale School District or they have money to burn. Recently the district has implemented “wellness programs” that are almost too hilarious to believe!
Active Recess provides students with a structured and effective playtime at recess. The purpose is to better engage students during recess with non-competitive activities. This is accomplished by providing adequate training to the playground staff and providing proper equipment for the kids.
Active recess? Since when was recess inactive? And of course we have to have non-competitive activities. We can;t have one kid lose and one kid win. In the Agenda 21 utopia everyone is a winner!
Sonnesyn Elementary held an active recess celebration with signs encouraging healthy living set up along the run/walk track with music and prizes. Students earn tickets when they run or walk extra laps at recess and totals are tracked for the entire school year. Students receive a bracelet and charms to show how far they’ve run or walked. The run/walk program at Sonnesyn was modeled after Lakeview’s program, which requires students to walk at least one lap around the track each day.
Can I ask a question? Why can’t kids just go out and play? Why do they need some “structure.” I wonder if they are getting grant money from Hennepin County to “encourage healthy living.”
Northport staff require also require students to walk one lap at recess but they’re thinking of other activities to keep students active at recess, such as conducting a basketball clinic. While learning basketball skills and rules, kids keep moving and celebrate fitness at lunch.
God this is pathetic. Just think folks, some jackass at the district actually got paid to come up with “active recess” like it’s a new idea!!!!
Research suggests that physical activity may increase students’ cognitive control–or ability to pay attention–and also result in better performance in academic achievement tests. Robbinsdale Area Schools are working to give every student an opportunity to get active before testing.
Huh? How about we make sure kids know the material and LEARNED SOMETHING!
Noble staff created a calendar filled with unique Jammin’ Minute videos for every day of the school year. Jammin’ Minute videos are a few minutes in length and provide an energizing boost to students. Teachers are encouraged to get their kids up active before testing and throughout the day, a practice that is proven to increase academic performance. Teachers can track how many days they use the videos and the classroom using it the most receives an award each month.
Maybe we should hire Richard Simmons as a consultant!
Healthy Birthday Celebrations
Healthy Celebrations provide students a healthy alternative to celebrations in the classroom. The purpose is to decrease the unnecessary intake of empty calories that is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic in our country. This is accomplished by promoting the wellness policy in healthy celebrations and providing healthy alternatives like popcorn parties, pajama parties, donating a book, prince/princess crowns, etc. to parents and teachers alike. All elementary schools have either committed to having a food-free or healthy food celebration for students’ birthdays.
What? Donating a book? No food? Is there a rule against having fun?
Schools with food-free birthday celebration policies for 2013-2014 are Neill, Northport, RSI, SEA, Sonnesyn and Zachary Lane. Schools with healthy food birthday celebration policies for 2013-2014 are Forest, Lakeview, Meadow Lake and Noble.
Happy Birthday little Johnny! Blow out the candles on your birthday apple!
Laura Feld, a 2nd grade teacher at Northport, loves the idea of making students feel special in a healthy way on their birthdays. She gives students an invitation to eat lunch with her and another student in the class. “The kids really enjoy these birthday lunches as we have a chance to get to know each other better and it’s a quiet place to eat lunch,” she said. “We also make a birthday book for the child to take home and they choose a birthday-themed book to read to the class.”
Lord help us……