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Physical education class every day

Originally published Oct. 4, 2018 in the Charlevoix Courier.

Editors note: The following letter to the editor is from a fifth-grade student at Charlevoix Elementary School. Each week the Charlevoix Courier will feature one of the 19 student essay submissions from Charlevoix Elementary School teacher Dawn Hovie and run it on our opinion page.


I think there should be physical education class every day in school for at least one hour a day because kids need exercise every day. Maybe the kid has a lot of chores to do at home, lives in an apartment, or the city and they do not have a chance to get outside easily to run around and play. Daily gym classes would give those kids the opportunity to get the recommended 60 minutes of exercise a day.

It has been proven that kids who go to P.E. do better in their classes that day than if they didn’t have P.E. This is because it allows the kids to work out extra energy and have the ability to focus more on their schoolwork. If kids have P.E. every day of the school week they would do better in classes all week. Having P.E. in the early afternoon helps to work out any remaining extra energy allowing for more focus the rest of the day.

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Physical education is just as important as any other school subject

Originally published Oct. 3, 2018 by The Conversation.

By Andrew Sprake And Clive Palmer

Physical education (PE) is often viewed as a marginal subject within the curriculum. And many secondary schools actively reduce PE time to make way for what are deemed more “serious” or “important” subjects.

Research from the Youth Sport Trust shows that 38% of English secondary schools have cut timetabled PE for 14- to 16-year-olds. One of the main reasons for this is the increased pressure to produce exam results. Much of the time pupils would usually spend in PE lessons is now spent receiving extra tutoring on topics other than PE. Read More

Austin elementary named one of nation’s healthiest schools

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Sumner Elementary School was named one of the nation’s healthiest schools Monday by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Originally published Sept. 20, 2018 in the Post-Bulletin.

By Katie Lauer

Sumner Elementary School was named one of the nation’s healthiest schools Monday by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Earning a silver award, Sumner made the list as one of only two Minnesota schools. The second was a Minneapolis community school at the bronze level. Read More

Back to school – kids and sports

Originally published Aug. 25, 2018 in the Lincoln Journal-Star.

The positive effect of sports

Kids are back at school, and for many that means team sports. A new study says kids who participate in physical education and sports experience several benefits, like helping them develop respect for their own bodies and respect for others. Other studies show that sports involvement helps fight depression in kids. Good coaching also can have a positive impact – teaching kids the value of working hard and focus, encouraging teamwork, and ideally, making it fun. Read More

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McFarland football coach making impact off the field by putting education first, implementing PE program for school district

Originally published July 26 in the Bakersfield Record.

By Gene Garaygordobil

Most people know Casey Quinn as the head football coach at McFarland High School.

But entering his second season leading the Cougar program, he talks more about what’s happening off the field than what he expects in his inaugural season in the South Sequoia League. Like the K-12 physical education program he is helping to implement as a PE teacher in the McFarland Unified School District. Read More