Students at Rose Acres Elementary School had a school-wide fitness goal of completing 23,600 laps on the PACER test which would cover the distance from the school to the Gateway Arch. The landmark goal before that was to complete 22,400 laps which got them to Busch Stadium. Last week, Fredbird surprised the students and was on hand to celebrate with them at the Pirate PACER Party assembly.
The objective of the PACER is to run as long as possible while keeping a specified pace. Students run back and forth across a 20-meter space at a pace that gets faster each minute. A lap is scored for each 20-meter distance covered and in September, students had a school-wide total of 3,821 laps which got them to Aquaport.
The goal-setting is a part of the school’s Leader in Me program and one of the adult action teams made a wall-sized goal tracker. An interactive chart is in the gym hallway to show student progress after PACER test trials and in January, they benchmarked 11,648 laps which got them close to the Saint Louis Zoo.
“We really have a focus to give students a concrete goal-setting experience from start to finish,” Rehagen said. “All of these action steps along the way can help them meet their ultimate goal by the end of the year.”
During the Pirate PACER Party, students celebrated the landmarks they reached at different stations. For reaching Aquaport, they built water slides; for reaching the Saint Louis Zoo, they did animal relay races and animal yoga; and for getting to the Gateway Arch, they constructed a model of an arch using supplied materials.
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