Special Needs Students Benefit from Physical Activity at Aleksander Academy
Aleksander Academy is a small school located in Alpharetta, Georgia, that serves students with autism, ADHD and other learning disabilities. As a school that specializes in students with learning differences and special needs, Aleksander Academy is well aware of the benefit that their students receive from physical activity. However, the school’s location in an office park presents challenges when it comes to giving students access to outdoor spaces to play and be active.
The nearest park is about a half mile away, but the school didn’t have the resources or funding to make regular visits to the park with the students.
“As a small school we are ALWAYS struggling for funding that will allow us to have a place for extended periods of physical activity for our students,” said Stefanie Smith, the school’s co-founder and executive director.
When Stefanie heard about the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge from a prospective parent, she became excited about the opportunity to get students active and the chance to earn awards. During the challenge, educators and students did in-class activity and also visited the nearby park.
Prior to participating in Fire Up Your Feet, students visited the park about once a month. Now, a trip to the park is a weekly activity that happens every Friday, with Fire Up Your Feet award money helping fund the logistical costs.
Whether your school is large or small, Fire Up Your Feet can make a difference for families by providing opportunities for physical activity.Register today for the Fall Activity Challenge, which takes place October 1-31 in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Metro Atlanta, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, Oregon, SW Washington, Wisconsin and New Hampshire.