Activate Attleboro is Coach Ed's
4th & 5th Grade Step Challenge |
April 15 to May 1, 2009
Not only does Coach Ed write an advice column for Kids Running, he holds a full time job and also designs programs which "activate" youngsters. In Activate Attleboro Coach Ed and local students Walk-the-Walk. A model program? You bet ya!
- Carol Goodrow, Kids Running Editor
Diane and Ed Poirier
A friendly Physical Activity contest in the Attleboro School system organized by Coach Ed Poirier with support from Kevin Dumas Mayor of Attleboro, Dr. Pia Durkin Superintendent of Attleboro Schools, all the 4th and 5th grade teachers, and administrators who make this possible.
Students learn the benefits of increased physical activity if a fun and exciting way. Students and teachers explore practical applications in science, math, geography, physical education, and more in tracking steps. Students learn cooperation, teamwork, and responsibility by motivating each other to strive for 10,000 steps or more a day.
Which school can walk the most steps in 3 weeks?
The 5th grade challengers:
Brennan, Coelho, Wamsutta, and St. Johns 5th grade students.
One of these schools will be awarded the 5th grade Championship trophy.
The 4th grade challengers: Hill-Roberts, Hyman Fine, Studley, Thacher, Willett, and St. JohnÕs.
These six schools will be looking to capture the 4th grade Championship trophy.
Rules of the contest: Each 4th and 5th grade student will be given a pedometer April 13th to measure the amount of steps they take. Students will record their daily steps and reset the pedometers to 0 daily. Teachers will record the total number of steps the students take and report that total weekly. Students will be allowed to record steps on the weekend and during school vacation. The last day of the contest is May 1, 2009.
The winners of each grade will be determined by dividing the total steps by the number of students in each school.
Coach Ed is a Youth Fitness Specialist with the Attleboro YMCA. The Attleboro (Massachusetts) YMCA is the first YMCA in the nation to embark on a healthy youth initiative.