Sunday, February 10, 2013

Gause Elementary School Hosts Family Fitness Night Feb 7, 2013

Gause Elementary School and the Gause Parent Boosters hosted the third annual Family Fitness Night. More than 250 attendees (students, parents, and staff) came together to learn the importance of fitness and nutrition. There were six stations that focused on cardio respiratory endurance, upper body strength, abdominal strength, flexibility, agility, and nutrition. Families spent ten minutes at each station, which were run by Gause teachers.

Gause 3rd Grade Teacher Heidi Kleser leads students and parents through stretching exercises at the flexibility station

“The goal of Family Fitness Night is to get students and their parents moving and having fun while emphasizing the importance of physical fitness,” said Mark Bauer, Gause Elementary School Physical Education Specialist and event host.

In addition, the Gause Parent Boosters collected non-perishable food items to be used for the Weekend Backpack Program. This program provides food to help students and families in need have food to sustain them through the weekend.

Gause 2nd Grade Teacher, Erin Darling helps a student perform a abdominal twist on a stability ball.

The evening concluded with a parents versus students game of “Ultimate Energy Ball”, which is similar to dodge ball, but students learn about the following energy sources: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. The concept for the Family Fitness Night came from the Box Tops for Education program, which provided sports balls and other fitness equipment to be given away as prizes.