Smart Kids Get Fit to Succeed in School

Secret to Your Child's School Success

OK, if you've been following this blog, my articles, my audio classes and the Tuesday Teletips, you already know the secret.

It's physical exercise. It's movement. Kids can improve additude, grades, and test scores with movement--even manage ADHD.

So how about organizing a race in your neighborhood to raise money for your kid's school?  It's a fabulous end-of-summer activity and fun for everybody. Just be sure to have it early in the morning so it isn't too hot yet.

In San Diego, the Girl Scouts organize a 5K race (that's about 3 miles) every year and everybody gets free Girl Scout cookies. Last year's race raised $20,000. Open to kids and adults, 1,000 folks turned out to run and eat cookies.

Note: Cookies are great but oatmeal makes a better breakfast before the race. And new oatmeal products are coming out from Quaker Oats. The company is reducing sugar and salt--a very good thing indeed. They're introducing multigrain oatmeal (hmm, does that mean it isn't oatmeal anymore?) and an oatmeal product for kids where they can mix different flavors together.

Your race doesn't need to be as elaborate at the San Diego Girl Scouts--could be shorter and fewer people. Could be open only to kids. It's up to you--better yet, your kids. Let them organize the whole thing.

To organize a race or fun run, kids will need to:

  • Decide on the route and the length of the race
  • The date and time for the race
  • How to let other kids (and parents and teachers) know about the race
  • Choose whether to charge for entering the race and who to give the money to. Perhaps their school's sports program.
  • What to give as prizes. They could make prizes
  • How to design the numbers each contestant will wear. (Don't forget safety pins for attaching the numbers.)

Now have fun. Stay fit. Succeed in school.

Have you and your kids done a fun run or 5 or 10K race?  Organized a race? Raised money for your school?  Share your thoughts and ideas with our readers. Just scroll down to the comment section below.

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