Originally published Nov. 2, 2022 in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

By Ana Conejo

Local Chapel Hill mothers got workouts in with students during the physical education class time at Kissam Intermediate School on Tuesday.

From warm-ups to basketball activities, mothers and other maternal figures were able to participate during a new campus activity called "Moving with Moms" on campus.

Destiney Kissam, physical education teacher at Kissam, mentioned that the new activity is brought thanks to the Chapel Hill education foundation grant that she was awarded and inspiration from a local Tyler ISD teacher Ashley Phelps.

Kissam mentioned that with the grant she will be buy more equipment in order to provide more activities for students and parents. The concept is starting with ‘Moving with Moms’ but will also lead to ‘Fitness with Fathers’ and eventually a big event at the end of year with obstacle courses for parents and students.

She mentioned that Moving with Moms aims to bring an opportunity for mother figures to get more parent involvement back on campus, especially after COVID-19.

“The biggest goal for me is to just let parents know that we want them here,” she said. “They come for conferences, and sometimes for negative things. We want them to come for positive things. We want to build relationships, I want to know this person by name and face by the end of the year because they've been coming here and I feel like especially with COVID we haven't had the opportunity.”

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