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The gym doors at Barranca Mesa Elementary School are open to the students much earlier than those of the regular classrooms.
To solve the school’s problem of the early student drop off — many parents have to be at work by 8 a.m. and bring their kids to school before campus is open — physical education teacher Lynne Higdon invites early birds to shoot hoops, jump rope, and just run around while being supervised.
It also allows their classroom teachers to get ready for the day and set up their classrooms.
At Barranca Mesa Elementary School, where Higdon has taught P.E. for the last nine years, more and more kids are choosing healthy lifestyles thanks to her efforts.
She is the driving force behind the school’s efforts to promote daily physical fitness among students and staff.
“Prior to Lynne being here, the school’s P.E. program was focused on athleticism,” said Kay Swadener, a Barranca Mesa second grade teacher who works with Higdon on a school-wide committee focused on positive behavior and student health.
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