More Playing, Less Waiting in PE Class


Elementary school students in Madera Unified now have access to more PE equipment to use during PE classes. The Madera County Public Health Department purchased about $8,000 in equipment that is now being used by PE classes at several elementary schools in Madera.

The equipment -- which includes bowling sets, foam dodgeballs, scarves and softballs -- are keeping more kids active for longer periods of time.

In the past, PE teachers only had one piece of equipment for every 10 kids (there are about 100 kids in each PE class), meaning students spent a lot of time standing around waiting for equipment.

With the new equipment purchased through the HEAL initiative, they now have one piece of equipment for every 2 students. The students are able to maximize their PE time, staying active the entire hour, and get to use equipment that they hadn't in the past.