EUDORA, Kan. -- Finding ways to get kids more is challenge enough, but one teacher at Eudora Middle School has cracked the code by incorporating exercise.
“While you’re reading and riding, it’ll help your reading,” said student Maya Pattison.
That’s the science behind it: more blood flow to the brain can help increase reading retention and comprehension. It’s one of the reasons why Mitch Tegtmeier started the Read and Ride program.
“All total as a school, we’ve burned over 60,000 calories since the beginning of the semester. We’ve traveled over three thousand miles,” Tegtmeier, who is a sixth grade health and physical education teacher.
Tegtmeier applied for grants and was eventually able to buy a dozen bikes. Now the entire student body and staff are burning calories daily. It’s become really popular and even understood to go for a “bike break.”
“We’ve actually started a sanitation station over here with some deodorant, body spray, hand sanitizers, and stuff like that because some kids do bust a little bit of a sweat,” he says.
It doesn’t matter how fast you pedal, just as long as you get some exercise in both physically and mentally.
The kids are encouraged to ride for about 15 to 20 minutes at a moderate lever everyday.