Play, then eat: Another Recess Before Lunch Success Story

Unlike other School District 833 elementary schools, in Washington County, MN, Cottage Grove sends kids out to recess for 20 minutes before lunch.

Principal, Carl Aegler said it’s healthier for the child to exercise before lunch. “They take more time to eat and aren’t as concerned about hurrying to get outside,” he said.

Teacher Cathy O’Brien, who has taught at other schools where recess comes after lunch, said the Cottage Grove lunchroom is actually quieter if kids come directly from recess rather than the other way around.

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