By now, I’m sure you’ve heard at least a little whisper here on MomStart about BOKS. This is a program that I am truly falling in love with. I am so happy to be a part of it.
Build Our Kids’ Success (BOKS) is all about getting kids active. They’ve got the research behind them to show how valuable exercise and activity is for academic achievement. Yep, it’s true – active bodies do yield active minds!
At Hunter Elementary School in Raleigh, NC, I was lucky enough to be a part of the BOKS launch. First of all, I just want to say how completely impressed I was with this school. It was the first day of school, there was an assembly planned, a special superstar guest (the NBA’s John Wall) was scheduled to attend, media was present, they had just gotten back into their building 8 days prior (due to renovations)… and they were basically holding field day. ACK! The former teacher in me had a mini panic attack!
The truth is though, you would have never known the challenges Hunter was facing. It was one of the most organized, upbeat, vibrant schools I have been in. Is that the effect that BOKS is already having? Who knows? 😉
The kids came into their first day of school, not knowing that a special guest was arriving to bring BOKS to their school. Local legend, college basketball superstar, and #1 NBA Draft pick – John Wall. While Wall didn’t attend Hunter Elementary, he grew up just down the street making Hunter the perfect school to work with on BOKS. John Wall spoke to the kids, answered questions, played games, and showed the students of Hunter Elementary that being active is good! (And FUN!)
It’s not surprising that BOKS is gaining momentum and popularity. The science is there. The plan is there. The support is there. If you want to learn more about BOKS, and bring it to your school, their website is full of great BOKS information. I have to warn you though, it’s going to set off a spark- the spark to get you going!
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About Ashley (Managing Editor at MomStart): Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at Momicles and follow her @Momicles2010 .