Let’s solve the drainage/mud issue at Campbell School playground!

Let’s solve the drainage/mud issue at Campbell School playground!

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Rachel Higgins started this petition to Metuchen Board of Education

As parents of students in the Metuchen School district, we believe it is crucial for our kids to get outdoor recess as often as possible. During these cold winter months, any break in the freezing temperatures should allow our children a respite from their classrooms (and the many germs being incubated within them). We feel it is terribly unfair they are being denied that bit of fresh air and exercise on warmer days because of what we are being told is a drainage (mud) issue on the playground. We also feel it is unfair to the staff at Campbell School to be put in the lose/lose position of having to choose between keeping the kids indoors (and hearing complaints from parents) or having a muddy school and sending kids home with muddy clothes/shoes (and hearing complaints from parents). Let’s work together to solve this mud issue!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children participate in 60 minutes of “moderate to vigorous activity per day”. “Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development,” the AAP wrote in a 2013 policy statement. “In essence, recess should be considered a child’s personal time, and it should not be withheld”.

A 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found positive associations between recess and academic performance. “There is substantial evidence that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores,” the report said.

According to a study done by the University of Eastern Finland, released Nov. 30 2016, in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, found that the more time kids in first grade spent sitting and the less time they spent being physically active, the fewer gains they made in reading in the two following years. In grade 1, a lot of sedentary time and no running around also had a negative impact on their ability to do math.

The connection between exercise, learning and health is not new. We would like to open a dialogue with the Metuchen Board of Education to explore viable options to correct the wet conditions on the Campbell playground keeping our kids from outdoor recess and all of the benefits outlined here before you. 

#letthemrun

 

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