CHHS celebrates PE week

Published 6:12 pm Friday, May 20, 2011

Charles Henderson High School teachers work hard to teach healthy lifestyles to their students. So, when others want to reinforce those lessons, it’s a welcomed response.

That “reinforcement” was just what the city of Troy recognized Thursday, as Mayor Jimmy Lunsford signed a proclamation declaring the week Physical Education and Sports Week in the city of Troy.

The proclamation was to honor Charles Henderson High School’s participation in health classes offered by Troy University’s Kinesiology and Health Promotion students this spring.

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Cathy Flynn, KHP professor at Troy University, said her students offered programs to CHHS students on four occasions this semester, as part of a Global Youth Service grant.

Flynn said her Methods of Teaching Dance class taught programs at both CHHS and Troy Elementary School. One of her theory and technique classes gave the students pedometers and had them track their steps.

“At first they didn’t want to participate, but then they started to like it,” Flynn said.

Once students reached 2,000 steps, which is a mile, they were rewarded with t-shirts.

“We’re just extremely grateful to Cathy Flynn and the KHP department for their work, for writing the grant, for reinforcing our instruction to the students about the importance of movement,” said Kathy Murphy, CHHS principal. “We are looking for even more opportunities for us to work with Troy University, but we surely look forward to working with Cathy Flynn again.”

The program was in conjunction with Michele Obama’s “Let’s Move” program. The Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, in which Troy University is involved in, implemented “Let’s Move in Schools.”