The BOKS program is a voluntary before-school physical activity program currently being piloted at the Squantum Elementary School. The BOKS program is sponsored by Reebok and is designed to prepare students for a day of learning while teaching the benefits of exercise and making healthy choices. BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book Spark which speaks to exercise being “the most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Over sixty students have been joining Physical Education teacher Mr. Miller and several parent volunteers two mornings each week.
The BOKS program includes a number of team-oriented games, movement activities, and a nutrition component as part of the program. In his recent family newsletter, Principal Steve Sylvia wrote of how the program ties in with the school’s wellness goal this year and anticipating the positive and healthy impact this program will have on Squantum’s students and their learning.