Backman Students Get Active for Others

  • students exercising in their classroom

This school year, students in Backman’s third and fifth-grade classes sported blue fitness bands and could be spotted running laps on the playground and dancing in the classroom to get as many steps as possible. All this activity helped them get fit but had an even more important purpose: feeding hundreds of people throughout the world through UNICEF’s Kid Power program.

Third-grade teacher Christie Duong and fifth-grade teacher Kim Mills both applied for grants with the Kid Power program and received fitness bands for their entire classes. The students wore fitness bands each day to track their steps and these steps translated into Power Points that UNICEF put toward meal packets for families The third-grade class averaged more than 137,000 steps per day, and the fifth-grade class averaged more than 110,950 steps a day through March, April and May. The steps they took translated into more than 300 meal packets for people in developing nations. Both teachers and students said that getting more active was great but the best part of the program was helping others around the world.

Author: Jeanne Winters Morriss, Backman Elementary

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