Students at Cowherd Middle School will soon have a new way to exercise, thanks in part to a $15,000 grant recently awarded.
The grant to Cowherd Middle School is part of Kane County’s “Fit For Kids” program, and is designed to support the development of comprehensive, coordinated, community-based health promotion initiatives.
The grant for Cowherd will fund 21 stationery bikes, 38 Polar Active Monitors with a class management system, resources for Family Fitness Nights, and curriculum materials to improve nutrition education.
The bicycles will be located in the adjoining physical education room, allowing the school to add a cycling class into the fitness day rotation.
“This grant provides equipment that students enjoy using, which increases participation on our fitness-focused days in PE,” said Darrin Vogt, PE/Health teacher at Cowherd. “We emphasize fitness five days of the week, however, on three days we put a much deeper emphasis on fitness. Now that we have the necessary equipment, we will be able to increase time spent in the students’ target heart rate zones.”
Cowherd Principal Crystal England was pleased to hear about the grant. “This equipment affirms for them that the community and their school care deeply about their health,” said England. “The quality of the equipment is outstanding.”
England added that addition of the equipment will allow students to better track their progress toward their personalized fitness goals.