Program Lets Kids Get Energy Out To Improve Learning

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(Horn Lake, MS) Hundreds of energetic 3rd and 4th graders at Horn Lake Intermediate school were showing some smooth moves Monday.

They think it’s fun, but all the dancing they're doing in a big assembly is actually supposed to help them get better grades.

”I just don’t wanna sit, ‘cause I just wanna get up and like, move and don’t want to sit down for hours,” says student Daisy Tello.

Teachers say the kids have a lot of nervous energy.

Researchers at the Bower Foundation developed the ‘Move to Learn” program to help them harness that.

”As we say, if you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your brain,” said Ann Travis of the Bower Foundation.

The program uses short bursts of energy to help focus young minds, along with tips on avoiding conflict, and getting enough rest.

Those behind “Move to Learn” believe these short bursts of energy actually improve learning.

Travis of the Bower Foundation says getting the kids’ blood moving helps their brain function, ”It gives them a chance to get their ‘wiggles’ out or it gives them a change to get waked up and have really productive class time."

She adds DeSoto County was a key player in proving her foundation’s theories, ”DeSoto County was the first place where we saw classroom breaks at work at Shadow Oaks Elementary."

Bower says all this helps improve focus and even test scores, though they didn’t have hard numbers to back it up.

Either way, it’s got the interest of teachers, and the approval of all the kids at Horn Lake Intermediate.

”I think it’s better for the school, that they’re actually letting us move our body and stay awake,” Tello smiled.

Bower plans to roll out this program, across Mississippi.