CLARKSVILLE, Ind. -- Students at Parkwood Elementary in Clarksville are stepping up, literally. Each student has a pedometer that tracks every movement.
“We walk around this big circle and we can talk to our friends, we can jog or walk or run,” said Evelyn Minton, a fourth grader at the school.
All of the elementary schools in Greater Clark County are taking part in an eight week walking challenge. The school that racks up the most mileage wins a trip to the aquatic center. It’s the third year the district has done a wellness program, and the students at Parkwood have been winners in the two previous contests.
“They love that it’s tangible and they can see their progress,” said Lori Gavin, the Physical Education teacher at Parkwood. Each week the kids report their progress to her, then they’re challenged to increase the totals.
“It helps a lot of different things for the kids, not only their fitness but their academics as well,” said Gavin.
Money for the pedometers came from a state grant as well as the Southern Indiana YMCA.