Parents join their kids in gym class

Krystle Wagner • Sep 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Children and parents danced to the Kidz Bop’s song “Shuffle.” Rosy Mound Elementary School kindergartner Landon Dedoes looked at his mom as they danced to the music at the beginning of physical education class on Thursday.

Throughout the week, Stephanie Dedoes and other parents joined their children’s class as part of “Take Your Parent to PE Week.”

Active Schools, a nationwide movement, sponsored the week that schools throughout the country participated in, according to Rosy Mound’s physical education teacher, Scott Przystas. 

The purpose of the weeklong effort was to get parents involved. Przystas said that research shows that if parents are healthy, their children will likely also be healthy.

Additionally, it gave parents the chance to see how the Rosy Mound gymnasium’s sound system, screen and rate monitors are incorporated into the class, Przystas said.

Last year, the Grand Haven school district piloted heart rate monitors to help students learn what it means to be active at a moderate or vigorous level. From a teaching perspective, Przystas said he enjoyed watching students explain the monitors to their parents.

Twice in the past week, Stephanie Dedoes attended the PE class to be with two of her children. The kids’ father, Blake Dedoes, also had a chance to attend a class.

Stephanie said she initially wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a different way to be involved in her children’s school and education.

Lindsey Winsemius also participated in two classes. She said she knew how much it meant to her children and it also gave her an opportunity to see what they’re learning and meet their classmates.

After spending the class period with his mom, kindergartner Julian Winsemius said it was “good” to have her in class.

“It was fun,” Lindsey added.

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