Yard work is hard work. Harder than some sports. Let’s face it, you spend most of a baseball match on the sidelines waiting for your call. Yard work is definitely harder work than golf! That’s why one school in Iowa, USA, started an initiative that counts yard work as PE.
However, there are some strict rules. It’s a community service, to help schoolkids integrate with their community. Therefore, the yard work has to be helping elderly or disabled people, who can’t do it themselves. Then, the kids get PE credits for helping out, plus they get to meet new people.
Tim Hitzler is a teacher at the Alternative Learning Center, where the initiative is rolling out. The school is for high school juniors and seniors who are at risk of dropping out of school. The program has the students pulling up weeds, raking leaves, cutting grass, and even cleaning gutters.
Mr Hitzler says that “The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated. What they really like is A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.
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“You know, in education, a lot of times, there’s so many different gimmicks and curriculum packages you can buy and things like that. And something like this all you need is a few garden tools. You know, I mean, it just makes sense. It’s so simple. And it works.”
Nick Colsn is a 17-year-old who is on the program. “I’m more of like go-to-school-go-to-work-home-repeat kind of guy,” he said. “So to me, I probably would not have met any of these people.”
The initiative is breaking boundaries and helping kids and communities all at the same time. What do you think of the program? Let us know in the comments, and share with your family and friends. You can check out similar stories on Happiest, like the one about an invention to help short people see at concerts.