From the West Virginia Daily News:
Greenbrier CHOICES (Children’s Health Opportunities Involving Coordinated Efforts In Schools) is gearing up for a full array of exciting spring semester physical education activities in Greenbrier County’s middle schools. The program, funded by a Carol M. White Physical Fitness Program Grant, promotes lifelong physical fitness and wellness among middle school students.
As the weather improves, physical education (PE) classes will take sports and other activities introduced over the past three years through the CHOICES initiative outside to enhance the physical and health education experience.
Archery, disc golf, and mountain biking are just a few of the outdoor activities planned as spring approaches. Over the winter, archery ranges have been set up in school gyms and students have learned the basics of mountain biking in the hallways of Greenbrier county’s middle schools. Students are looking forward to transferring the skills learned indoors to outdoor activity.
Through CHOICES, a number of equipment additions have been made to both middle schools including climbing walls, mountain bikes, and slacklines to allow for increased opportunities to explore and learn about fun fitness activities. The new equipment enables PE teachers to engage students’ interests in new and exciting ways when planning lessons.
Ryan Honaker, PE and Health education teacher at Western Greenbrier Middle School and instructor of the after school slackline club at Western, says of the new equipment “it allows me to plan lessons that engage kids who haven’t seen fitness as fun.”
Honaker summarizes a main goal of the CHOICES project — to provide opportunities for kids to learn about and participate in lifetime fitness and health activities. For more information about the goals and results of the CHOICES project in Greenbrier County Schools, visit www.greenbrierchoices.com.