The inaugural Take Your Parent to PE Week, held September 25-29, was a roaring success! Schools across the country — including Coeymans Elementary School in New York and Truman Early Childhood Education Center in Louisiana — invited parents to join their child in class, break a sweat, and celebrate the importance of physical education.
Inspired by Take Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day, the purpose of Take Your Parent to PE Week is twofold. One is to introduce parents to their child’s physical education programs and teachers so they will want to engage throughout the year. The other is to involve parents in helping their children develop active lifestyles and make physical activity a part of family life.
“Our first ever Take Your Parent to PE Week exceeded our expectations,” says Active Schools Executive Director, Charlene Burgeson. “But that’s not surprising as it brought together two forces of nature — physical education teachers and parents — both of whom want the best for their kids!”
Online and off, schools, parents, teachers and Active Schools partners promoted the power and importance of physical education:
- Almost 7,000 visitors came to the website where they could download a Take Your Parent to PE Week logo and poster for free.
- Media coverage included an article on Huffington Post, as well as multiple mentions in local newspapers across the country.
- To see some of the amazing posts online, visit Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and search #ParentsLovePE and @ActiveSchoolsUS.
The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America)’s Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Morris was one of the thousands of parents to participate in the event. “I absolutely loved joining my 10-year-old daughter in her physical education class,” says Morris. “Using standards-based instruction methods, the physical education teacher introduced us to the world of soccer. In just one lesson we learned about skill sets — from positions played to analyzing stats and discussing what responsible sportsmanship looks like. In addition to being introduced to goal setting and teamwork, we experienced the most valuable lesson of all – we had an absolute blast out on the field!”
Take Your Parent to PE Week is sponsored by Active Schools. Held near the beginning of each school year, it will be an annual event and innovative way to introduce parents to their child’s physical education class and teacher. Given the tremendous response to this year’s event, Active Schools anticipates the event will continue to grow year after year.
“Too many parents don’t know much about physical education as an instructional class,” says Burgeson. “We want them to experience it firsthand and become more involved in their child’s physical education throughout the year. We encourage them to ask their child questions about what they did in class, practice those skills at home, and volunteer to help with special events.”
Created in 2013, Active Schools is a national movement to ensure that 60 minutes a day of physical education and before, during, and after school physical activity is the norm in K-12 schools throughout the United States. It is powered by an unprecedented collaborative of public and private organizations, currently 75, who believe that meaningful, sustainable, large-scale social change is best accomplished when organizations and individuals work together. To learn more about Active Schools and join the movement, visit www.activeschoolsus.org.