Dorch­ester ele­men­tary schools gifted re­cess kits

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CAM­BRIDGE — Six Dorch­ester County schools re­cently re­ceived kits meant to pro­mote phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity dur­ing in­door re­cess and “brain breaks,” do­nated by the Dorch­ester County Health Depart­ment.

Each grade at War­wick Ele­men­tary, Sandy Hill, Vi­enna Ele­men­tary, South Dorch­ester School, North Dorch­ester Mid­dle and Maces Lane Mid­dle Schools re­ceived a bag of age-ap­pro­pri­ate equip­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Julie Jones, co­or­di­na­tor of the Sup­port­ing School and Child­care Prac­tices and Po­lices pro­gram, said that the main goal of the do­na­tion was to en­sure that schools “have tools to hold phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and en­er­giz­ing breaks through­out the day.”

Stud­ies show that “brain breaks,” or short ac­tiv­ity bursts, help stu­dents im­prove aca­demic per­for­mance and can help with re­fo­cus­ing for bet­ter com­pre­hen­sion of lessons and school­work.

The kits in­cluded chil­dren’s car­dio, yoga, danc­ing, and hip-hop DVDs, fit­ness flash cards, ac­tiv­ity dice, an ac­tion fit­ness ball, and other fit­ness equip­ment. Also in­cluded in the bags were in­ter­net links to fit­ness ideas, posters, and nu­tri­tion and life­time healthy train­ing goals.

The six re­cip­i­ent schools have all par­tic­i­pated in Com­pre­hen­sive School Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Pro­gram train­ing, also of­fered by the Health Depart­ment.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Ex­cited War­wick Huskies with PE teacher Pat Gar­gan, Julie Jones from the Health Depart­ment, and prin­ci­pal Mary­beth Blake.

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