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To the Editor,

When kids are active they think more clearly, focus more, react to stress more calmly, and behave better in class. Simply put, active kids learn better. This is why it’s crucial that Physical Education be included on the state report card.

Physical education is where kids develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. Offered within schools, it can provide access to physical activity and a robust curriculum for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, or urban/suburban/ rural setting.

The benefits of physical education and health include:

Positive effect on academic achievement and test scores

Knowledge of how to live a healthy active lifestyle

Lowers childhood obesity rates

Reduction in discipline referrals and high-risk behavior

Helps with concentration and attention

As a physical education teacher, a parent of three children, and a state advocate for the American Heart Association, it is important to me that schools offer well-designed physical education programs. I encourage State Superintendent Evers and the Wisconsin legislature to include this critical measure on the final draft of the school report cards.

Kevin Herber Sheboygan

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