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Donations sought for Incline Elementary PE program

Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student. Research supports the importance of structured movement in educating both mind and body.

Physical education contributes directly to development of physical competence, fitness and overall wellbeing. It empowers students to make informed choices about their health, and understand the value of leading a physically active lifestyle.

The benefits of physical education include improved academic preparedness and consistent physical activity patterns of students. The healthy, physically active student, is more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.*

Sadly, the rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and disorders in young children are climbing at an alarming rate.

We can fight back against these health issues in our children with a formal physical education program at Incline Elementary School … but we need your help!

With district budget cuts, it is necessary to raise all funds to support our physical education program. Current Incline Elementary PE teacher Michael Smith has dedicated 11 years promoting good health and exercise, and “keeping our kids moving.”

His passion, creativity, and natural ability to connect with our children are gifts we cannot afford to lose.

IES Physical Education provides a comprehensive program of exercise designed to promote the development of fundamental movement patterns, manipulative skills, fitness, social awareness and personal responsibility through a variety of developmentally appropriate games and activities.

Research shows that students engaged in consistent physical education demonstrate superior academic performance, and attitude towards school versus their counterparts who did not.

The motor skill foundations established during the elementary grades may enhance children’s social, cognitive and physical development and increase the likelihood of continued interest and participation in physical activity.*

Please help Incline Elementary School maintain a professionally run PE program by donating today — 100 percent of your donation will go directly to the PE program and is tax deductible.

This article was submitted by Sarah McMahan. To learn more and how to donate to the IES PE program, contact her at 775-287-0064 or smcmahan@corpv.com. *Research conducted by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.