Valley View Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, Megan McCall, recently developed and implemented a 10-day “detox” program for students leading up to the M.E.A.P. testing period, which took place in September.
Valley View students and their families were encouraged to follow the program prior to the testing. The “detox” entailed a commitment to no audio-visual exposure, including TV and video games, and instead playing board and athletic games with their families, and eating healthier during the 10-day stretch.
McCall’s passion for coordinating this healthy life change for students has been infectious. Nearly 200 of Rockford’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders participated in this volunteer program—most of it being done after school, when students were involved in activities until their parents picked them up from school. McCall and an army of parent volunteers led the children in everything from kickball to cooking healthy treats in the kitchen. Students were also supported in their effort by area merchants who provided incentives to those who earned their “detox” tattoo.
“In the true spirit of education, we hope students have taken away lifelong lessons on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael S. Shibler, Ph.D.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Valley View Principal Bob Siegel at (616) 863-6366.