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Williamstown Elementary School sends jump ropes to students

Williamstown Elementary School physical education teacher Zach Hall packs jump ropes with Friday’s send-home meals and is providing online tools to help encourage physical activity during the conronavirus shutdown. (Photo Provided)

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown Elementary School officials are helping kids stay active during the coronavirus shutdown by including jump ropes in meals sent home Friday.

Principal Heather Mannix Bretthauer said the lunches were packed by physical education teacher Zach Hall, who added jump ropes to all of the send-home meals. The ropes were purchased by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association for use on a family fitness night.

“It was all Zach’s idea. He thought it would help students with their daily exercise,” Bretthauer said.

Hall also created a daily log sheet for kids to track their activity during the shutdown.

“Our team is dedicated to provide for the mind and body,” Bretthauer said. “We do brain breaks daily during the regular school day beyond our recess and 40 minutes of PE three times weekly.”

Schools statewide have been closed since Monday due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Starting this past week, families are able to pick up lunch and breakfast meals for students daily, and instructional packets were sent home to students Thursday.

“We worry that with this quarantine (kids) will be spending too much time on video games or on iPads,” Bretthauer said. “With all of the rain, getting outside is difficult. We wanted to provide a tool to stay active.”

Bretthauer said the school’s pre-kindergarten teachers will provide a daily workout online for younger students. Bretthauer and Assistant Principal Suzy Schofield have been reading to kids through Facebook Live every morning, and some teachers have created Facebook pages to post lessons and videos for students.

Michael Erb can be reached at merb@newsandsentinel.com.

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