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School Program Lets Students Earn P.E. Credits By Helping People With Yard Work

Amy Pilkington 7 Sep 2019

So gym class was always my least favorite class. As soon as it wasn't a required credit anymore, I dropped it like a boiling hot rock.

But mostly, I just don't like sports, and if I were going to have to get sweaty for school credit, I definitely would have opted for what one school in Iowa has come up with.

The Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque definitely lives up to its name.

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In return for P.E. credit, students can choose to do yard work for those in the community who are elderly, disabled, or otherwise unable to perform the chore themselves.

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Their teacher, Tim Hitzler, sees the program as good for the community and the kids.

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He told KWWL:

"The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated. What they really like is A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person."

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They're not just getting exercise, they're also learning about the power of giving back.

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That sort of mentality can be hard to teach, whether or not you believe that Generation Z is overly "entitled" or not. (I don't.)

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They tried the program out in the final two weeks of the school year.

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It was so successful that they intend to bring it back as an option in the spring.

As someone living in a "snow belt," I'd be happy to see other schools take up this idea and maybe include shoveling in the list of volunteer opportunities.

h/t: KWWL

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