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Movement and Mask Breaks a Winning Combination at Mount Kisco Elementary

students play rock paper scissors during outdoor gym class at MKES

Smiles were as bright as the September sunshine as Mount Kisco Elementary School third graders ran around the field during an outdoor gym class. While playing games and competing in relay races, the students were able to get in a good dose of exercise and enjoy frequent mask breaks. 

“We spent a lot of time figuring out how to make boxes on the field to be able to incorporate mask breaks into gym class,” said physical education teacher John DelFavero. The boxes ensure students are 12 feet apart when they take their masks off. “We’re trying to be as creative as we can.”

If their giggles and squeals of delight were any indication, students thoroughly enjoyed their time outside. They started out doing 10 seconds of exercises like jumping jacks and squats with energizing beats of music thumping in the background. Next, students teamed up and played the classic rock, paper, scissors game.

“The loser does five jumping jacks,” explained physical education teacher Craig Henley. “But the loser is really a winner,” he added with a grin. “I love jumping jacks!”

Before the class was over, students competed in relay races and played freeze tag with pool noodles, which helped to keep them socially distanced while still playing together and having a lot of fun.

“With this beautiful weather, we’re really trying to get them outside,” Coach DelFavero said. “It’s important for every part of their health: physical, emotional and social.”

boy running across field during outdoor MKES gym class students play tag with pool noodles during outdoor gym at MKES