Logan Willoughby positions his body and hands as he prepares to swing for the next rung.
Logan Willoughby positions his body and hands as he prepares to swing for the next rung.

Muscles, mats, monkey bars. And mind power.

District kids got a work out at “The Power of Movement” event March 27 and 28 at the Barlow Park/Journey Elementary schools’ gym.

Although the gym may have resembled a giant playground, the setup was intended to foster education — and not just the physical variety.

With a ladder serving as monkey bars, a cargo net for climbing, an orange-cone obstacle course, a rock wall facade and rolling gliders that sped across the hardwood floor, plenty of physical activities were available for children, along with a few adventurous adults, to get up and moving.

But, schools being schools, the demonstration included educational information on health, exercise and how physical wellbeing can influence brain development and performance.

A sign over the entrance read “Movement Anchors Learning,” a tenet of the SMART program (Stimulating Maturity Acceleration through Readiness Training).

Nearly 400 kids and visitors attended the demonstration, according to Principal Tanya Sanderfoot, who gave the cargo net a try herself.

See more photos from the event in the April 20, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.