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School tries new way to get kids walking

School tries new way to get kids walking

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CLEARFIELD -- Officials at Antelope Elementary School are trying a new way to get kids moving instead of sitting during breaks. So far, they say the program has been wildly successful.

The school, which is in the Davis School District, has a walking path which, at times, didn't get enough use. That is, until school officials started the new program to get kids walking.

Principal Gwen Hill said, "This is just one more way of letting them experience a kind of activity that they could do throughout their life."

Hill says each student gets a punch card, and if the student gets enough punches on that card, they can get a small charm for their necklaces.

"Each time they make a lap around the school's walking path, which goes all the way around the back playground, one of the playground duty (workers) will give (their card) a punch," Hill said.

Children love to collect. That seems to be the real motivation behind this.

–Gwen Hill

Hill says the program has become even more popular recently now that temperatures have fallen.

"Children love to collect. That seems to be the real motivation behind this," she said.

The charms come in different colors and are shaped like a foot. She says the kids love to compare their charms with other kids'.

"I have been delighted to see the young kids. They're just thrilled to death, and they come waling in to the office with big grins on their faces," she said.

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