The Farmers Insurance Company Sponsored Thank America's Teachers would like to highlight K. Burgan's proposal. She is a teacher at Columbia Central Jr. High School with many areas of expertise.
CLIMBING TO FITNESS
Her proposal would bring to her students a fun and adventurous fitness experience. She would use the grant funds to purchase and install a rock climbing wall in the gymnasium. She enjoys watching her students work hard on their fitness and this would give them variety and a new challenge to improve their fitness.
Different from other activities, rock climbing builds upper body strength and balance in a new and exciting way. This challenge accommodates everyone's abilities helping them with coordination, balance, and muscle strength while giving them a motivation of reaching new goals.
Creative additions are to be incorporated to vary the climbing experience and provide students with a way to increase their problem solving skills. By adding hula hoops and noodles the kids will be encouraged to greater feats and utilize a cross curriculum that exercises their problem solving skills in math. All safety equipment is included with the rock wall.
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