CITY OF IMLAY — For students at Weston Elementary, exercise is an asset.
Last week, Weston Elementary students from kindergarten through second grade participated in All Children Exercise Simultaneously (ACES) day.
The one day affair is all about fitness and wellness. To kick off ACES day, students from Weston joined guest ‘assistant’ students from Imlay City High School and headed to the district football pitch for physical education activities. High school students lead classes in a number of physical activities, such as relay races and duck-duck-goose.
District physical education teacher Jill Campbell and fourth-grade teacher Amber Schapman then led students at Weston Elementary School through warm-up exercises such as toe touches, lunges and jumping jacks. Donning the “Go Noodle” costumes, Campbell and Schapman also guided the students through the moves of the song “Banana, Banana, Meatball,” which focuses on patterns. “Staff and students had a great time,” Campbell said.
Finally, each class was announced and students, along with high school staff and helpers, ran or walked a few laps around the track while listening to upbeat music. “The weather was perfect and everyone had so much fun exercising,” Campbell said. “Thank you to (CSI Athletic Director) Mr. Don Gauthier, high school students and all the staff and students at Weston Elementary for a fantastic day.”
ACES, or “All Kids Exercising Simultaneously,” is a globally coordinated physical activity day designed to teach students about the importance of exercise and fitness. The ACES Project was created by physical education teacher, best-selling author and motivational speaker Len Saunders in 1989 as a method of motivating children to exercise. ACES, called “the world’s largest exercise class”, takes place around the same time every year around the world, with participating schools around the world teaching millions of children around the world to do exercise together to promote good health and fitness habits.