Julie Dean, an ESE teacher in Florida
At our school, the P.E. teacher has developed a walking/running club for grades 2-5 in the mornings. She outlined a 1/5 of a mile course in our field. The students arrive, eat breakfast and are then called out to the walking track. Second and 3rd graders go on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4th and 5th graders go on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students have cards that are hole-punched for each lap they complete. When the entire card is punched (20 laps), the student earns a plastic foot, which can get tied onto shoelaces or put onto a chain.
This reward has motivated a lot of students towards fitness. Several teachers help out with the punching of cards, and parents are joining their children to walk in the morning. Students are also able to complete laps during recess. We are lucky enough to be in southeastern Florida and will be able to implement the program year round! The kids are having a blast and getting exercise at the same time!