Hamburg’s Donine J. Kelly presented Teacher of the Year Award, Arnold Fink Innovation Award

Originally published May 29, 2018 by the Berks-Mont News.

By Tyler Hall

Donine Kelly, a Physical Education teacher at Hamburg Area High School was recognized by her fellow teachers as the Teacher of the Year on May 16. Donine also received the Arnold Fink Innovation Award, the first teacher to be honored with both of these awards by The Lancaster Lebanon Berks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Health and Physical Education Recreation and Dance. This reflects both her commitment to better the Physical Education system and her plans for preparing the upcoming generations to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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Lake Villa P.E. teacher focuses on positivity

Originally published Jan. 8, 2018 in the Daily Herald

By Lee Filas

Donna Coia admits to being a bit hyperactive.

However, the physical education teacher at Thompson Elementary School in Lake Villa says this allows her to bring excitement to every student who walks into the gymnasium.

“Everybody in the whole school; I get to help guide all students,” she said. “So, that’s why having the opportunity to be a P.E. teacher means so much to me. I can touch all of these lives.”

One way she spreads her message is with a “positivity cart” she rolls around and parks near one of the gym entrances. The cart carries little wooden plaques bearing positive messages such as “Believe you can and you are halfway there,” “Don’t forget to be awesome,” and “Make it happen.”

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N.J. public schools hold high standards in health education

Originally published Nov. 12, 2017 in the Press of Atlantic City

Families can be assured if they live in New Jersey, students are more likely to get topic-focused health and physical education in public middle schools and high schools than they would in other states, a new report finds.

New Jersey had the second highest percentage in the country, nearly 97 percent, of teachers and principals who reported they taught required health education courses in any grade six through 12, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Profiles report.

“Because young people attend school about six hours a day approximately 180 days per year during a critical period of their development, schools are in a unique position to help improve the health status of children and adolescents nationwide,” CDC experts stated.

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Life skills key in physical fitness regimen

Originally published Nov. 9, 2017 in the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Dodgeball and rope climbing might have a place in the physical fitness regimen. But when it comes to teaching kids the real importance of fitness, some school districts have moved beyond traditional “gym” activities toward lessons that can last a lifetime.

More schools should do it.

With the childhood obesity rate at about 17 percent, the federal education law passed in December 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind elevates health and fitness to rank among things like art, music, civics and science as elements of a well-rounded education.

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Bel Air Middle School students run in 35th annual Turkey Trot

Originally published Nov. 3, 2017 in the Baltimore Sun.

Friday morning’s weather was perfect for a run and with beautiful fall leaves as a backdrop, Bel Air Middle School students participated in the school’s 35th annual Turkey Trot, sponsored by the physical education department.

Keeping with tradition, runners finished the approximately 1.15-mile course around the school’s campus at the Bel Air High School’s neighboring Bobcat Stadium, where friends, family and faculty waited to cheer them to the finish.

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