EdWatch: Child's whole well-being being considered at Gallaher
By Amy Cherry

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WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with Gallaher Elementary's principal Jacqueline Lee about the Positive Action program.

Tackling a child's entire well-being is a tough goal, but it's one being met at a school in the Christina School District.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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Don't be surprised if you see kids doing jumping jacks at Gallaher Elementary School. It's all part of the Positive Action program's lesson plan.

"We do 175 minutes of physical fit activities each week, which can be Jammin' Minutes on the morning announcements that gets the kids up and moving," says school principal Jacqueline Lee.

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Lee tells WDEL that physical fitness plays a vital role in the program, but the approach is four-tiered.

"We believe in educating the whole child, emotionally, socially, physically, and academically," she says.

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The program boosts kids' confidence, finding a correlation between mental well-being and academic success.

"We spend 15 minutes every day, teaching kids about making good choices, about good self-concept," she says.

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Good behavior gets rewarded with panther dollars where kids can buy classroom treats and other things like getting your picture taken in the principal's chair.

"They really look forward to coming to school, like I said our attendance improved, the kids really want to be there, and they see learning as being fun," she says.

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