Get Up and Play! We're Making Strides in Living Healthy!
Help me give my students volleyballs, kick balls, footballs, a soccer ball, Sklz training aids, baseball bats, impact balls and plates to promote healthy lifestyles, encourage physical activity and exercise in a fun and engaging way!
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
To begin with, our school is situated in the heart of our beautiful and majestic mountain home, West Virginia.
The area is rich in community and school pride, heritage, picturesque, rather rural though reminiscent of days gone by when your team was everyone's team, school banners flew and pageantry was everywhere!
Although we have so many great things going for us, our students can at times be limited in afforded opportunities. Coming from a range of socioeconomic statuses, our students may be limited in opportunities in living a healthy lifestyle. For those who may not be "student athletes" or involved in sports, being active has truly become an obstacle. Many students may lack the ability to, the time to or the money needed to be involved with sports teams. However, research shows that physical activity improves our health, lowers stress while promoting a more positive feeling and outlook on life!
For these reasons, our middle school has given extra time in our daily schedules which promotes physical fitness activities. It's my desire to provide our students with equipment and activities to play during this time which gets them going and works to promote a more.
Our middle school provides opportunities for many athletic teams - from girls volleyball, boys and girls soccer to boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, cross country, and track teams. Many of our students compete in gymnastics and other activities outside of school. Sadly, many of our students are not able to participate in outside physical activity opportunities due to family situations and/or the lack of funds.
For this reason, our school believes that promoting physical activity throughout the day can help our students live a more healthy lifestyle, promote a more positive self-feeling, encourage better thinking all while minimizing stress.
In an effort to give more opportunities to our students, additional time throughout the day has been designated towards these activities. Outside of gym class, and throughout the week, students are given time to outside and go for walks, play individual and team sports, throw a Frisbee, jump in on kickball, football and volleyball hit-around. Kids who wouldn't have normally been asked to participate in a school sport have now begun gravitating towards just having fun while being active!
Personally, I'm excited to provide ALL of my students, regardless of athletic ability, with fun activities that are helping to build relationships, promote physical fitness and encourage acceptance. The donations you make will go towards purchasing equipment that our students can use (i.e. kick balls, footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, baseballs and bats and training equipment). Please help us in promoting a better way of living - now and in the years ahead!
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