It comes as no surprise that academics during the time of Covid has proved challenging for all teachers. But, perhaps, the most underestimated of all subjects is Physical Education. Since March, our very own Coach Gary has forged ahead in creating ways to keep our students active, engaged, and entertained by creating remote and in-person lessons for the youngest to the oldest of students. “The most challenging aspect is that many of our games and activities have been deemed off-limits in the interest of keeping Covid at bay,” Coach Gary explained. “We know that students’ physical and mental health is important – especially during this pandemic. In fact, students need PE now more than ever.”
Despite the challenge of creating PE activities, Coach Gary has designed workouts that can be done safely indoors and outdoors, whether in-person or remotely. When possible (weather permitting), Coach has conducted PE classes outdoors providing ample space for students to participate safely in activities including: soccer, frisbee, and football skills (punt, pass, and kick). When at home, students are encouraged to ride bikes, take hikes, and jog or walk, as well as tap into the remote fitness lessons.
Our middle school students have enjoyed playing rounds of Corn Hole (thanks to the kind donation of Red Oaks Corn Hole game boards from BOT members Ann Carolan and Christine St. Peter Levinsohn) while improving their pitching skills. Meanwhile, at the Cutler campus, students have been improving their pitching skills using oversized frisbees. Even the little ones in Early Childhood have been enjoying using the giant parachute to move their bodies in synchronised motion.
“When our kids are moving and exercising, it builds brain health. Strong brains give all of us a positive mindset in which to deal with our everyday challenges. Keeping our kids healthy through physical education is my primary goal and primary challenge,” said Coach Gary. “And, keep smiling!”