He prepares for a walking session during the noon recess time.
Twice a week, Fast gathered outside to walk with the students. Weather and schedules occasionally dictated changes.
Students in kindergarten to second grade could walk one full lap around the playground area twice a week and receive a mini-walking foot for their charm bracelet.
Students in grades three to five needed to walk two laps twice a week. When students accumulated two mini-feet, they received a T-Walker charm for their bracelet.
After they earned three T-Walker awards?six weeks of walking twice a week?they received a medallion for their bracelet.
After they earned three medallions, they earned their giant Big Foot walker award. At that point they received a certificate and a Big Foot charm.
Although a voluntary program, each semester ended with having more than 90 percent participation, which resulted in having a party and lots of healthy food snacks.
The Kansas State Depart?ment of Education mandates that schools have a wellness program.
This was part of the GES Wellness Program, along with the hope of encouraging students to develop regular exercise routines they will want to carry on in their life and foster an active lifestyle.