Last week 389 third grade students from eight elementary schools in Kansas City, Kansas gathered at Harmon High School for the Kansas Kids' Fitness Day (KKFD). In addition to almost 400 third graders participating, more than 60 high school students ran the event.
Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day is a statewide event held every year on the first Friday in May. This event focuses on increasing physical activity and safety awareness among third grade students in Kansas. Nearly 18,000 students participate each year at more than 40 sites across the state.
Nicole Weis, PE4life Program Support Specialist, attended the event for the first time this year and had positive things to say. "The KKFD provided many kids the opportunity to learn firsthand the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle. It was incredible to see almost 400 kids active and involved in a noncompetitive atmosphere, all the while having a great time! The teachers served as excellent role models by participating in the activities with the students, including hula hooping, tug of war, and running through obstacle courses!"
Seven of the eight schools in attendance have attended a PE4life Workshop to experience the PE4life Core Principles in action.
To learn more about the KKFD visit www.kdheks.gov/kkfd.