The Rebuild of Recess in Schools

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A Petition to the SCCPSS School Board and Beyond
By: Fletcher Gaddy, Ryan Jaillette, Kenny Kirkland, and Arif Gundez-Nunez

We, the Students, Parents, and Teachers of the United States of America, must address the Underlying issue of the Loss of Recess in Schools.

We are proposing that Schools in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System increase the amount of Recess in all schools in Savannah in hopes that it will increase Grades and focus in the Classroom, decrease ADHD, Depression and Social Disconnection, and help promote the Enjoyment of School.

On January 8, 2002 , the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was added as a newly implemented reform to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. With that act,

In 2013 in the state of Ohio, Dr. Robert Murray wrote a book called Pediatrics
which talked about how children need downtime and that they need recess to relax and do better in school. Which later a bunch of people protested about children needing recess which got the majority of the schools to have recess.

When Children are deprived of Recess, they can't do school work as well due to a lack of exercise, which causes a child to be hyperactive and unfocused, and eventually Obesity. The lack of Social Interaction can cause Depression and Anxiety, which in the long term may cause the Child to feel severed from the Social Web, and possibly cause Suicide.

We are going through an “epidemic” of ADHD and ADD in kids. This is partially caused by lack of recess. The no child left behind act is actually counterintuitive instead of increasing grades it increases hyperactivity. More and more children can't focus because they need some time for unstructured playing.

Research shows that children that have recess are less fidgety and more on task, Have improved memory and more focused attention, Learn negotiation skills, exercise leadership, teach games, take turns, and learn to resolve conflicts, and are more physically active before and after school.

We urge you, whether you are a Student, Parent, Teacher, Citizen, or School Board Member, to consider signing and helping implement this petition to rebuild and increase the amount of recess in SCCPSS Schools, and eventually all of the United States of America. Thank you.

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