D303 physical education teachers inspire kids to be healthy

Originally published Dec. 12, 2017 in the Chicago Daily Herald.

By Dave Heun

Physical education teachers Gus Silva and Russell Williams didn’t waste much time getting students at Richmond Elementary School in St. Charles more interested in healthy lifestyles.

When the National Dairy Council and National Football League launched a Fuel Up to Play 60 in-school health and wellness program about seven years ago, Silva and Williams jumped all over it.

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May has students eyeing summer, teachers eyeing funding

Fri, 20 May 2016 fundingAs May progresses and students begin to turn their eyes toward summer vacation, teachers begin focusing on what’s next. What did I do this year that worked well? What do I want to change about my curriculum? Who’s doing something new that would work at my school? How am I going to find the funding for something new?That last question remains the most important one.

As teachers identify new tools – be it a new set of books to read for English, software that augments math or new innovations such as the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit that helps teachers and students track heart rate levels during physical education – more often than not they need to develop a plan to pay for their new tools.

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