May 13, 2016

ACES Day a success for RSU14 students and Wellness Team - By Michelle Libby

Last week schools all over RSU14 participated in ACES Day, which stands for All Children Exercise Simultaneously. The day was planned by the RSU14 Wellness Team, whose mission is Wellness for All.
Students did activities that promoted healthy habits and exercise. 

“ACES Day is a fun chance for many children to walk and talk with friends they don’t see all the time during their normal school day. We opened the track for every class to visit between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Teachers could choose which time to take their classes out during that time frame,” said Bethany Earle, third grade teacher at Windham Primary School. “They think it’s pretty neat that other kids in our country might be doing the same thing at the same time as them.” 

Children at WPS participate in an extra movement break each day and also use the track. “We have some kids who run up to eight laps during our 15-20 minute break at the track by this time of year. We are building lifelong exercise goals for our students to take with them in their lives,” said Earle.

Students from Eliza Adams’ grade six health classes participated in Seat Belt Safety Day, in partnership with Opportunity Alliance and Office Cyr of Windham Police Department.  Students arrived at school at 6:30 a.m., and did a survey of seatbelt usage at the parent drop-off.  Student handed out flyers to promote seatbelt safety and stickers.  Safety and fun goes together with Seat Belt Safety Day!

The RSU14 Wellness Team is committed to providing activities that support student and staff wellness and promote healthy school environments. Staff members who are healthy work better and students who are healthy learn better. 

Staff members have been very involved in wellness activities including, online health assessments, Go Red Day, Take 5 Blood Pressure Challenge and Health Trails Challenge. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth had a 5-2-1-0 Kick-Off earlier this year. The 5-2-1-0 program from Let’s Go promotes five or more fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of recreational screen time, one hour or more of physical activity and zero sugary drinks, more water. All schools have active garden groups to promote healthy eating. It is exciting to see the awareness for wellness throughout our district.  For more about the RSU14 Wellness Team, visit

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