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Creating an Active School from the Top Down

November 27, 2015

Townville Elementary School's fitness program includes 100 Mile Club, where students run laps during recess or before school throughout the year, earning tokens for each Mile they complete!

From Let’s Move! Active Schools

Let’s Move! Active Schools is powered by a national collaborative of leading health, education and private sector organizations that team up to offer schools and districts a comprehensive selection of physical education and physical activity resources, professional development, and funding opportunities. Schools receive guidance to ensure students have opportunities to be physically active and choose resources that work best for them.

Read on to learn how Townville Elementary School in South Carolina has worked with Let’s Move! Active Schools and three of its key programs, Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program and the 100-Mile Club, to make 60 minutes of physical education and physical activity the norm.

Each class at Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina has a mission statement. The mission of Physical Education Teacher Russ Laven’s class is “Moving with purpose for a lifetime.” Laven explained, “I hope that we’re instilling these things in their minds as habits and that they’ll carry through for the rest of their life.”

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