Idea submitted by Brenda Bowman, Teacher, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools
We received this awesome idea from Brenda! This innovative idea can be modified to be non-denominational, implemented throughout the year and modified to cater to limited mobility.
|What’s your focus?||Active Living|
|What’s your idea and how have you implemented it?||12 Healthy Days of Christmas:
It includes all staff and students. Every morning starting Dec 1, Health team members take turns daily to sing a verse of the 12 Days of Christmas during morning announcements, changing the words slightly to: “On the ___ day of Christmas, my teacher did with me: ___ (jumping jacks, lunges, fan dances, walrus waves, etc.) and 1 burpee!”
|How did you overcome any barriers?||Having done this for years, and having enthusiastic administration, even the office members participate.|
|What is the feedback so far?||Kids love it, staff is participating more, and it’s now considered a tradition at our school.|
|Tips/strategy for how other schools can implement this idea:||Get student input for the daily activities, pick a regular time so everyone is prepared and be sure the whole school understands that everyone needs to set an example by participating and encouraging students.|
|Additional comments:||Try to choose exercises that require doing one side of the body and then the other for the even days of the song.|
Proof that making activity fun and including everyone can boost spirit and morale. Thanks to Brenda Bowman and her school for this great idea – we hope to see other schools giving it a try and adapting it to fit their own context!
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