Krystal Price, health and physical education teacher at Pendleton Middle School in Pendleton County, was the second teacher in RESA 8 to receive a "Let's Move! WV" Grant.
Deborah Thompson, third-grade teacher from North Fork Elementary School in Pendleton County, was the third teacher in RESA 8 to receive a "Let's Move! WV" Grant, and the first to receive a class set of pedometers.
The purpose of the grant is to provide an incentive for schools to implement the "Let's Move!" WV program through May.
Timothy Woodward, assistant principal; Krystal Price; Terri Miller, regional school wellness specialist; and Brian Youngblood, health and PE teacher, accept an iPad 2 at Pendleton Middle School.
Chosen schools must participate in 15 minutes of physical activity each day, in addition to physical education and recess. Price and Thompson, as the teacher leaders and grant recipients, will provide support and direction to the rest of their staff. Thompson will also work with Rod Cooper, health and PE teacher. The whole premise is that movement will improve student learning.
According to the latest educational research, movement is essential in the learning process. Every school in RESA 8 had the opportunity to apply for the grant. Schools had the option to request $500, an iPad 2 or a class set of pedometers.
Price was the second to receive an iPad 2. Price said, "I am very excited to get the program started and use my iPad for presentations to staff and students. Students can participate in physical activity by following along with demonstration programs downloaded to the iPad."
Thompson said she is very excited to get the program started and is going to use the pedometers in order to make students more aware of the importance of exercise and being physically fit.
"Teachers are always looking for innovative ways for students to be actively engaged in their learning," she said. Students can participate in physical activity by tracking the amount of steps they take during various activities.
Timothy Woodward, assistant principal of Pendleton Middle School, was very pleased.
"I will support Price in her endeavor to include more physical activity for students," he said.
Terri Miller, RESA 8 Regional School Wellness Specialist, presented the grant to Krystal and provided a brief staff development to the middle school teachers including ideas as to how to implement the program.
John M. Jenkins, principal of North Fork Elementary School, commented, "We think it is important for children to move throughout the day to improve mental abilities and well as physical abilities."
The grant is made available through the West Virginia Office of Healthy Schools and the RESA 8 Coordinated School-Public Health Program. To learn more about RESA 8's educational programs in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties, call 304-267-3595 or visit the website resa8.org.