September 8, 2017

Active Schools, a national movement dedicated to ensuring 60 minutes of physical activity a day, honored SUPER School 19 with the 2017 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for its outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment. The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award is the nation’s top physical activity distinction for K-12 schools and celebrates a school’s commitment to providing students with at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day before, during and after school.

SUPER (Students Understanding through Powerful and Energetic Routine) School 19 operates a one-of-a-kind program in Indianapolis Public Schools called action-based learning and helps students learn academic subjects through physical movements. In additional to regular Physical Education classes, students at SUPER school perform a variety of movements mixed with activities and strength training throughout the day.

“The focus on physical activity is so important because exercise gets the blood flowing throughout the body to activate the brain and better prepare it to learn,” said Principal John McClure. “Exercise has been proven to build brain cells.”

SUPER School starts each day with Morning Movement lead by students performing a variety of exercises to music.

To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement. As part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award package, School 19 will receive a large display banner, National Award certificate and congratulatory letter.

Find out more about Let’s Move! Active Schools at www.letsmoveschools.org.