Hat­boro-Hor­sham el­e­men­tary students ‘Go for 3’

Public Spirit - - ACCENT - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com Students at Hal­low­ell El­e­men­tary School learned the im­por­tance of bal­anc­ing mind, body and spirit dur­ing the “Go for 3” spirit day Sept. 11. In part­ner­ship with the Mont­gomery County Health Depart­ment, “Go for 3” taught students that be­ing fit, fo­cus­ing on goals and work­ing with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude can be key el­e­ments to a suc­cess­ful fu­ture no mat­ter what they want to do.

“We’re try­ing to de­velop healthy habits,” Prin­ci­pal Steve Glaize said. “When chil­dren are young you have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pose them to things that will last a life­time.”

While this is the fifth year the school has held “Go for 3” spirit day, it is the first time it has part­nered with the Mont­gomery County Health Depart­ment and pre­sen­ter Aaron lberst, or “Dr. Drill” to the students. This year students par­tic­i­pated in easy, healthy ac­tiv­i­ties they can do at home or at school and were in­structed by lberst in the proper meth­ods of do­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties.

“All the other years we haven’t done as much,” fifth-grader Bri­anna Levin said. “It was re­ally fun.”

“It was good ex­er­cise,” fifth-grader Hai­ley Kline said. “This year was much bet­ter.”

Af­ter learn­ing about dif­fer­ent ex­er­cises and ac­tiv­i­ties, students then went to an assem­bly held by Glaize where he taught students about good and bad habits. Dur­ing the assem­bly, Glaize ad­dressed de­vel­op­ing at­tain­able goals and keep­ing a good mind-set.

“If you come into school in a bad mood,” Glaize told students, “chances are you’re not go­ing to have a real good day.”

Students also wore red, white and blue hats to com­mem­o­rate Sept. 11. Glaize said, in ad­di­tion to learn­ing about why they were wear­ing U.S.A. hats, students also met Dr. Drill, who is a Marine.

“He showed us what it’s like to be a hero,” fifth-grader Soleil Sk­len­car said.

“When we con­nected with the health depart­ment we men­tioned that we were think­ing about Sept. 11,” Glaize said, “and they said it worked per­fect.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia staff pho­tos / CAITLIN BURNS

“Dr. Drill” Aaron Oberst talks to students about healthy ac­tiv­i­ties and stay­ing fit dur­ing Hal­low­ell El­e­men­tary School’s “Go for 3” spirit day.

Fourth-grader Han­nah Gurt jogs in place as part of the ac­tiv­i­ties for “Go for 3” spirit day.

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