Project ACES Gets LEARN Students in Motion

Project ACES Gets LEARN Students in Motion

From Capture the Flag in Waterford to sprints across New London’s Williams Park, students in four LEARN schools were up and moving with children from around the world on Wednesday, May 2.

LEARN’s Wellness Leadership Committee organized the RESC’s participation in Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously), “the world’s largest exercise class.” The international youth fitness collaboration challenged students to get up and exercise for 20 consecutive minutes.

Students at The Friendship School, Regional Multicultural Magnet School, Riverside Magnet School, and Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School all got into the spirit on Wednesday. The morning saw the three elementary schools head outside or get up in their classrooms to run, stretch, and dance, with activities taking place in Waterford, New London, and East Hartford.

Dual Language & Arts had to wait until the afternoon as the result of testing, but then engaged in grade-wide Capture the Flag, in some case pitting middle students against their teachers.

“The students enjoy the game and we are spreading a love of exercise,” said Dual Language physical education teacher Erik Farnsworth.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Project ACES presents the opportunity to celebrate the month through exercise and establishing healthy lifestyles.

Joining in an event like Project ACES shows our students that their physical health is as important as their education,” said Christin Kondash, LEARN’s Nursing Supervisor and co-chair of the agency’s Wellness Leadership Committee. “Evidence has shown that students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, cognitive performance, and classroom behaviors.”

The Wellness Leadership Committee focuses its efforts on four components of student and staff health: Staff Wellness, Physical Education/Health, School Activity/Recess, and Food/Nutrition.

LEARN’s Project ACES participation went beyond student exercise. The agency also collected new and gently used sneakers in a “Dunk Your Kicks” program to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

Check out photos of Project ACES here.

For more information on Project ACES, visit lensaunders.com/aces/aces.html. To learn more about the sneaker drive, visit dunkyourkicks.org.

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