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Published October 11, 2011, 06:28 PM

Fergus Falls Elementary School employs new recess program

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - A Fergus Falls elementary school has found a way for children to stay fit. It's rewarding students for running during recess, and so far it’s working.

A Fergus Falls elementary school has found a way for children to stay fit. It's rewarding students for running during recess, and so far it’s working.

Doors to the playground burst open as first and second graders at Adams Elementary School rush to recess. There's only one thing on most of their minds...

Gavin Lindberg – Second Grade: "You run and you get charms..."

Fitness teacher Michael Bare brought the JAWS program to life, rewarding students for running and walking during recess, and it's making a big difference.

Michael Bare – Started JAWS Program: "When they come here they really work hard, some kids run 10-11 laps they run for the whole time they're out here."

Landon Tacker – Second Grade: “You can run with your friends."

Hannah Polejewski – Second Grade: "You get a lot of energy in you."

When the children complete their cards, teachers tally up all the miles students in their class walked. The class with the most miles get a big award, the traveling trophy.

Gavom Lindberg: "I’ll say I got a charm and they say good job."

Landon Tacker: "They're like good luck charms."

Hanna Polejewski: "Just prove to other people that you can run and you get active."

But the program's about more than punches. It's motivating, and helps students set goals.

Scott Colbeck – Principal: "When they're active they are more likely to go inside in the afternoon and be ready to learn."

Bare says inactive children are changing into athletes. It's surprising how such a simple program can make such a difference. Organizers are looking to start the program up at Cleveland Elementary School by the spring.

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