The Kids In This Class Can't Sit Still, And That's Exactly The Point

August 18, 2015

There's a new program on the rise and it's making kids smarter and healthier at the same time.

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Scott Ertl, an elementary school counselor in North Carolina, felt the only time he had to read a book was while exercising on a stationary bike at the gym. That gave him a brilliant idea.

"I bet a bunch of kids would find it fun to read while exercising... we could get some exercise bikes and give it a shot."

Ertl discussed it with the school principal and the experiment began.

It started with a single exercise bike in the corner of the classroom. It was so well received, Ertl knew he needed more.

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He browsed Craigslist until he had enough to fill a spare classroom, and gave the program a name: Read and Ride.

Teachers signed their classes up for 15-20 minute blocks of time in the Read and Ride room, and students brought a book or an educational magazine.

But is it helping?

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Data shows that reading test scores and proficiency were up for students involved in the program - and the more time students spent in the Read and Ride room, the better they did on state reading tests.

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So if you've got an exercise bike collecting dust, consider finding out if a school nearby would like to have it donated.

(h/t) UpWorthy.

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