Monday, September 17, 2007

Are you ready for National Recess Week?

We are one week away from National Recess Week. Are you ready? If not, considering downloading the information below and sharing it with staff and community members.


Experts say fresh air and play give kids an edge in their schoolwork. Yet, only 8 state school boards of education have a policy that ensures daily recess. Further, 55% of PTA leaders feel their school’s recess is in jeopardy. So, Cartoon Network has created a successful, award-winning national movement called “Rescuing Recess” and National Recess Week (9/24/07-9/28/07) to safeguard and promote daily recess! NASPE Executive Director Charlene Burgeson is a member of the Advisory Board.

Some of the most influential players from education, health, children’s television and professional sports will be kicking off “National Recess Week” with a new report and an unprecedented campaign to rescue playtime in America’s schools.

On September 24, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be releasing new data that shows why recess is the single best opportunity to raise the fitness of children in the U.S. Also, Cartoon Network and its partners will unveil an ambitious national campaign to enlist one million volunteer hours that will support physical activity and recess at local public elementary school playgrounds.

Major cities across the U.S. will join the action by proclaiming “National Recess Week” and leading local volunteer drives during the week and throughout the 2007-08 school year. Cities include: Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Miami, Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Phoenix, Cincinnati, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Salt Lake City.

For more information about the Rescuing Recess campaign, visit: www.rescuingrecess.com

Share NASPE's position statement called Recess for Elementary School Students