AR Dept. of Ed. seeking applications from public schools to participate in extended recess pilot

ARKANSAS - 2018 February 13

We all can remember recess as kids, putting away the books and heading down the slides.

Some Arkansas elementary students could be seeing more of the jungle gym the next school year.

The Department of Education is asking schools to test a program giving grades "K" through six more time on the monkey bars in hopes of improving classroom behavior, concentration and memory.

Fairview Elementary is the only grade school in Camden who is applying to pilot the program just to see how it works.

Arkansas requires 60 minutes per day of unstructured physical activity for grades "K" through four, giving Fairview Elementary two recesses a day.

"Our children need more outside time," Treasa Thrower, Principal said. "In today's society, they have a lot of technology. With that being said, being outside more. I think that it will increase their activity outside, make them feel better."

Principal Treasa Thrower is no stranger to multiple recesses.

Other districts she's worked in saw improvements from increased playtime.

"We saw a decrease in discipline," she said. "We saw an increase in attention span in the classroom."

P.E. teacher and coach, Matt Sandifer,  says physical activity such as recess and P.E.  Are good for motor skills as well as
A healthier lifestyle.

"It helps them with their heartbeat, heart rate, staying healthy that way, giving them more time to be active," he said. "It's just not good for a kid that age to stay still all the time."

While students continue to laugh and play educators believe they are helping their overall health and wellbeing one recess at a time.


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