Monkton Morning Mile Club

            I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you.  My name is Brian Godfrey, and I’m the new Physical Education teacher in Monkton.  I’ve really enjoyed my first few weeks working with your children.  Additionally, I’ve been working on ways to increase physical activity for the students of Monkton.  My plan is to create a Monkton Morning Mile Club, where all students and their family members are invited to join me Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 7:15-7:45 to jumpstart their day with some fun family orientated exercise.

Why Should We Exercise?

            The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) recommends that all children get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.  Many kids between P.E class, recess, and after school activities meet the CDC recommendations for exercise; however not all children in our community are able to be active 60 minutes a day.  This program is a safe and free way to increase opportunities for physical activity for all children.

Secondly, research suggests that exercise stimulates brain activity improving Information retention in the classroom.  Children who exercise regularly are more alert in school, perform better academically, and have less absenteeism than their inactive counterparts.

What is the Program?

The Monkton Morning Mile Club is a before-school walking/running program that gives children the chance to start their day in an active way while enjoying time with their family and friends.  Students will walk/run around the community recreational path near theMonktonCentralSchool.  Each lap around the recreation path will count as one mile.  For every 5 miles that students walk/run, they will be given tokens to recognize their accomplishment.

In case of inclement weather, we will use theMonktonCentralSchoolgymnasium.  My intention is to run the program through October or as long as weather allows.

When will the Program Start?

            The Monkton Morning Mile Club will begin Monday September 26th.  There is no need to sign-up, simply show up ready to exercise.  All parents, teachers, and children are welcome to participate.  If anyone would like more info or to help out in anyway please contact me at bgodfrey@anesu.org

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