Stetson Elementary School students and staff were presented with a 2016 Let's Move! Active Schools national award at an assembly Dec. 14.
“We commend Stetson Elementary School’s model work around enhancing physical education and physical activity opportunities and inspiring students to go from zero to sixty both in the classroom and in life,” said Charlene R. Burgeson, Let’s Move! Active Schools executive director.
“Stetson (Elementary School) is leading the way in this generation-changing movement that is transforming our nation’s schools into active and healthy hubs.”
The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical education and physical activity distinction for K-12 schools and celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes a day of before, during and after school physical activity.
The District 49 school is one of only 544 schools across the country to earn the 2016 award. The school also received the award in 2015.
"Regular physical activity helps kids stay healthy and strong," said Matt Monfre, physical education teacher. "It can also lead to higher test scores, improved attendance, increased focus, better behavior in class and enhanced leadership skills."
The school met significant benchmarks in physical education, physical activity before and after school, physical activity during school, staff involvement and family and community engagement to qualify for the award.
Monfre presented the award to the student body with professional soccer player Andi Tostanoski, goalie for the Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League.
"Being active can be part of a lifestyle for everyone of you," said Tostanoski. "It is proven that if you move for 60 minutes a day, you'll be better at every aspect of your life."
During the assembly, Tostanoski led students through activities celebrating the award. The students played Simon says, danced, played grade-level soccer games and had opportunities to score against the goalkeeper on penalty kicks. The professional athlete helped students understand how being active can play an important role in achieving overall life goals.
"I want you to think of what you want to be in this life more than anything," said Tostanoski, as she led students in a visualization exercise. "I want you to imagine all the steps it will take to get there. You have to work hard. You have to be willing to accept challenges. You have to be willing to make new friends along the way. You have to play for 60 minutes and have fun everyday. You have to work hard and you have to want it. If you want it, you will be able to do it."
"I want all of you to take your dreams and run with them," said Tostanoski. "Every single day you can make yourself better for your dream."