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.