P.E. teacher keeps kids moving and motivated

Updated: 04/28/2014 11:23 AM | Created: 04/28/2014 11:14 AM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Sierra Vista Elementary School P.E. teacher, Darlene Argano, started a "running club" to keep kids active and healthy. The students are encouraged to run during recess and track their miles.

"I just feel, like, happy," said Sierra Vista Elementary student Jeremiah.

That's how many of the kids who take part in the running club described their experience.

"If parents really understood how vital activity is to a child, and their brain development and their body, they would be out there everyday working with their kids," Argano said.

With obesity rates skyrocketing in the United States, and after observing that many kids missed out on daily activity and exercise,  Argano said she wanted to do something  to make a difference in the lives of her students.

So everyday during their 30 minute recess, kids run and log their times and miles. When a child reaches a big milestone, like 75 or 100 miles, they get prizes like gift certificates and healthy snacks.

"I feel excited and proud of myself for working so hard," said student Beatris Moreno.

For some, it's also making a difference at home for the whole family at home.

"The parents are saying, 'Wow, my kid wants to go out and run all them time and they getting me to run,'" said Argano.

If some of their friends falling behind, the kids were quick to keep each other motivated.

"I would say, 'Just keep trying," said Jeremiah. "I'll run with you."

"I would say,'To follow your heart and never give up," said another student Andrea Valezquez.

The school says getting parents involved made a big difference. They even encouraged the students to run on weekends and keep a log to add it to their points.

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