Squantum Elementary students were joined recently by Mayor Koch, School Committee members Barbara Isola, and Paul Bregoli as well as Superintendent Dr. Richard Decristofaro for some early morning exercise to officially launch the BOKS program at the 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 Squantum students have been joining physical education teacher Brian Miller and some parent volunteers two mornings a week this winter for this exciting before school physical activity program.
The program ties in nicely with a school wide wellness goal to promote wellness and healthy choices in the school community. BOKS runs every Monday and Wednesday for most of the winter and includes a number of team oriented games, movement activities and a nutrition component as part of the program. Because the program is very popular at the school, staff and parents are in the process of planning another session to get more students involved.
We are very fortunate in that Reebok donated a number of supplies for the program including BOKS T-shirts for all our students and volunteers,” said Principal Steve Sylvia. The school also received a donation from Boston Medical Center Healthnet Plan to help support the program.
Principal Stephen Sylvia then added, “We are looking forward to the positive and healthy impact this program will have on our students and their learning.”