KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - South Elementary in Kennett encourages students to stay active by walking.
The school is one of three Kennett schools to receive a yearly wellness grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
The three schools get about $120,000 a year to go towards the health and wellness of the students.
During the summer, South Elementary installed a walking path on the playground around the football field.
The walking path is meant to promote healthy and active living for the students at a young age.
One lap of the track is 1/8 of a mile.
Principal Kim Morgan helps encourage the students to walk with walking sticks.
Students pick up a stick after each lap to keep track of how much they have walked. Then Morgan documents the students' progress on a graph.
Students receive incentives for walking multiple miles in the week.
Morgan said she hopes this track will lead to more students wanting to walk all the time.
"I could see if we have any 5Ks or 10Ks that some of those kids that walk once they build up the stamina, they could participate in some of those and maybe we could go as a school group and give them something to do," Morgan said.
The school also purchased other items like jump ropes and hula hoops for the students to stay active when they may not want to play a sport at recess.
The school even has a plan to keep kids active during rainy days.
Kids can have a dance party with the new Wii system the school also purchased.
The wellness grant is also community based, meaning not only the schools help keep kids healthy but the community does as well.
The Dunklin County Caring Council hosts a cooking class for the students to learn how to make healthy snacks.
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