Exercise program visits Tupelo schools

Adam Robison | Daily Journal Carver Kindergartner Preston Griffin gives a hi-5 to Coach Larry Calhoun during a move to learn exercies session in the schools gym on Wednesday afternoon.

Adam Robison | Daily Journal
Carver Kindergartner Preston Griffin gives a hi-5 to Coach Larry Calhoun during a move to learn exercies session in the schools gym on Wednesday afternoon.

By Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Carver Elementary School students took a 45-minute “brain break” on Wednesday afternoon.

The kindergarten and first-grade students ran in place, pumped their arms and bobbed their heads along with the “Move to Learn” exercise videos being played on a screen in the school’s gym.

An initiative of The Bower Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools, “Move to Learn” features 10 five-minute videos that are available for free at www.movetolearnms.org.

The idea is for elementary students to exercise to the videos in their classrooms, giving them an opportunity to both burn off energy and stimulate their brains.

Clinton PE teacher Larry Calhoun, who is featured in the videos, is visiting three Tupelo schools this week to demonstrate them.

Carver teachers Anna Merritt Roberts and Andrea Jones each said on Wednesday they already use the videos in their classes when they transition between math and language arts.

“They think they are resting, but they are getting ready for the next thing,” said Jones.

“Move to Learn” will release 10 new videos starting in October, and Lawhon Elementary School PE teacher Terry Leigh Clayton is one of three Mississippi PE teachers chosen to appear in them.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com