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End of Summer Safety Tips for Your Children

Keep your children healthy and safe before the weather changes with these safety tips:

  1. Follow boating and pool rules, including wearing properly fitting life jackets.
  2. Wear and reapply sunscreen.
  3. Stay hydrated!
  4. Use bug spray to protect your kids from insect-transmitted diseases and irritation.
  5. Always check playground equipment for softness and faulty parts.

Get more tips to protect your children.

Are You Doing Recess Right? A New Tool Can Help

Despite the proven benefits, students probably aren’t getting the most out of recess, finds a new study that offers up a 17-point checklist to optimize the playground experience.

While there’s little doubt that children get exercise on the playground—recess accounts for up to 44 percent of their steps taken during the school day—schools often underestimate the social, emotional, and academic potential of playtime and fail to design recess to optimize those benefits.

To help educators understand what works on the playground—and what doesn’t—researchers visited nearly 500 elementary schools spanning 22 urban and metropolitan areas in the U.S. The researchers hoped to develop a tool that looked beyond simple questions of physical activity and playground equipment and toward a broader review of “safety, resources, student engagement, adult engagement, prosocial/antisocial behavior, and student empowerment on the playground.”

To learn more, including tips to maximize recess, read this article from Edutopia.

 

New 4-Square Courts at Brookshire Elementary

Thanks to Brookshire parents and the Brookshire community, the Brookshire Fund has a lot in the works to benefit Brookshire kids!

Most recently, the Brookshire Fund completed 4-square courts at the elementary school, with new Bulldog Yellow and Blue striping! Recently, Brookshire Elementary students were able to enjoy the courts and will continue use them during recess and breaks!