Test scores up, tardiness down for Deer Park students who get moving in the morning

Posted by  Hollis Bass on 4.19.2012

These days, schools are so focused on academics that they often cut P.E. and recess to make room for reading and math. But I recently visited a school in Deer Park where fitness is a priority--and it’s paying off with improved academics!

When Holmes Primary School (Deer Park Community Schools) students arrive in the morning, they go directly to the gym for what they call “Big House.” Figures on a huge screen lead them in 15-30 minutes of fun, easy dance moves, with some learning slipped in as well.

It’s an amazing sight! Third grade teacher Mae O’Hara is right ...

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