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Minetto in motion: fitness fun

Minetto Elementary students are on the move to create increased strength, attention and focus.
A fun, physical break from a student’s day is welcomed at the new Minetto Way course, which offers both physical challenges and positive affirmations to enable participants to refocus their day and remain in a calm place. Spearheaded by the building’s occupational therapists and physical therapists, the course directs students and teachers alike to hop, complete wall push-ups, walk a winding path, crab walk, do jumping jacks and planks before it ends with participants looking in the mirror and reading out loud how they can be respectful, responsible and problem-solvers.
Physical therapist Amy Jo Battles said the movement also helps the students organize directions, follow a sequence of tasks and plan out motor activities. Principal Jenifer Sullivan said the course was designed to be helpful for students who need a quick break from class and to complete a quick re-focusing activity. Students who utilize that during the school day are required to follow the school’s expectations and report back to class upon course completion.
The course is one example of how Minetto students and staff have promoted physical activity since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Each Friday has been dubbed Fitness Friday where teachers offer 15-30 minutes of physical activity outside of students’ regular physical education class time. Sullivan said that offering is a component of the school’s implementation of the county-wide Healthy Highways initiative and has included activities such as kickball, yoga, walking or following online tutorials.
Other options include visits to the school’s Mighty Mates Movement Stations throughout the building where students can stop to complete quick fitness routines, such as wall sits, jumping jacks and wall push-ups, among other options.

Oswego City School District Athletic Director Rhonda Bullard,
right, does the crab walk alongside Minetto Elementary School
third-grader Kendralee Gates while they work their way through
the school’s new Minetto Way course.

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