Bower Foundation Films Videos at GES
Did you know that students who move and exercise at school are more are more likely to have improved health and academic performance? This concept is the basis for the Mississippi Department of Education’s Move to Learn program initiated in October 2012. The program partnered with The Brower Foundation to create the series of age specific, five to six minute exercise videos and lesson plans for classrooms. The videos are designed to help teachers raise the fitness levels of their students, and in turn, raise their academic achievement. This past weekend, approximately 90 Grenada School District students in Kindergarten, third and sixth grades, starred in a series of these videos. The students chosen possess high energy levels, good rhythm, and great behavior.
Previously, the stars of the videos, Coach Larry Calhoun and Coach Terry Leigh Clayton, visited Grenada Elementary School to create the choreography for the videos filmed this past weekend. Since teachers at GES use the videos in their classrooms frequently for indoor recess, students immediately recognized the pair. Excitement levels were high as the team passed through the halls exploring the school. Dawn Walls, Grenada Elementary School Assistant Principal, assisted the coaches during their visit and has been helping the students rehearse the exercise moves choreographed for the event.
Calhoun and Clayton are real coaches from real schools in Mississippi. As a matter of fact, according to the Move to Learn website, every aspect of this initiative was created and developed by Mississippians. The website itself and all the promotional material were created and developed by a Mississippi-based marketing firm. Mississippi musicians wrote and recorded the music used in the videos, and the videos themselves are filmed by a Mississippi-based production company. All the schools and students featured in the videos are real Mississippians. That’s quite an accomplishment and a testimony to our great state.
If you are interested in the Move to Learn program, you can learn more at the website www.movetolearnms.org. The website features exercise videos and lesson plans for ages Kindergarten through grade six. All information on the website is free to access. The videos filmed at GES will most likely be released and posted online sometime in the fall of 2015.