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Keeping kids active earns school staff a free breakfast
Coyote Springs Elementary wins contest through GoNoodle

First-grade students in Haley Macy’s classroom at Coyote Springs Elementary School participate in short physical activities throughout the day through an online program called GoNoodle. Yavapai Regional Medical Center paid for the program for Humboldt Unified School District schools. (HUSD/ Courtesy)

First-grade students in Haley Macy’s classroom at Coyote Springs Elementary School participate in short physical activities throughout the day through an online program called GoNoodle. Yavapai Regional Medical Center paid for the program for Humboldt Unified School District schools. (HUSD/ Courtesy)

Coyote Springs Elementary School staff received a free breakfast from Wildflower Bread Company as winners of an online program used in classrooms that promotes interactive physical activities.

The GoNoodle Breakfast of Champions Contest took place during the month of November in Humboldt Unified School District schools. The district partnered with GoNoodle and Yavapai Regional Medical Center to provide incentive for teachers to help students move in the classroom, said Kraxberger, HUSD Wellness coordinator.

Physical movement activities improves students’ achievement levels by helping to keep them engaged and motivated throughout the day, Kraxberger said.

“We challenged our teachers at our preschool and elementary level schools to increase their usage of GoNoodle Plus, a premium version of GoNoodle that gives paid subscribers access to additional content designed to integrate physical activity and core-subject practice,” she said, adding that YRMC sponsors the GoNoodle Plus program for the school district.

The contest resulted in doubling the number of teachers registering and using the program in their classrooms. Collectively, this culminated in nearly 195,000 minutes of movement total in all classrooms.

“Beyond improving classroom culture, this movement has also helped students combat childhood obesity, focus in class, and deepen learning,” said Sitaara Jones, GoNoodle director of Community and School Engagement.

Coyote Springs staff won the GoNoodle Breakfast of Champs Contest by completing 734 GoNoodle activities and more than 58,000 minutes of movement. The prize was breakfast for the staff delivered from Wildflower Bakery.

The contest supported one of the school district’s local wellness policy’s best practices: to increase students’ movement/physical activity during the school day and in the classroom, Kraxberger said.

“HUSD recognizes that healthy students equals better learners, and we are constantly looking for opportunities to incorporate wellness into our schools’ cultures and students’ lives.”

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