PA benefits

Physical Activity

  • Active Transportation

    Brooklyn Center Community Schools supports Safe Routes to Schools and provides opportunities for our students and family members to get to school by walking or biking. The school sites host annual or semi-annual events on International Walk to School Day, in October, and on International Bike to School Day, in May, each year. For more information about the Safe Routes to School programs please visit the national website. We look forward to seeing you on the streets for our next Walk or Bike to School Day event!

    BCCS is increasing the focus on Active Transportation in the 2022-23 school year, with an Accessible Active Transportation/Take It Outside campaign. Many suggestions, local resources and on-site opportunities will be offered for our stakeholders to try out to get more activitiy outside. Included in this programming, students in various grades will also participate in Walk, Bike, Fun! curriculum in Phy. Ed. classes in the fall and spring, utilizing the bike fleet through our partnership with Three Rivers Park District.

    Please see below for walking and biking maps for Brooklyn Center Elementary STEAM and Brooklyn Center Middle and High Schools, provided by the City of Brooklyn Center.

    Watch the Safe Routes To School video, created through our partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN.

    Click here to view a map for safe walking and biking routes to Brooklyn Center Elementary STEAM and this is an indoor walking route at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM. 

Student walking to school
  • From mindful movement informational videos to nutrition education and from full-length yoga classes to mindful moments, the BCCS Wellness YouTube channel has over 60 videos to support your wellbeing skills. 

  • Physical Activity During the School Day

     

    Recess

    Recess provides students with not only physical benefits, but also mental, social and emotional benefits. Brooklyn Center Elementary STEAM students participate in daily recess, with inclusive activities, accessible for each student, that increase total physical activity minutes each day and promote the social and emotional learning of our students. After a great recess, kids come back to class ready to learn.

    Students in grades 6-8, at Brooklyn Center STEAM Middle and High School, participate in physical recess activities at least one day per week. 

    Classroom Movement

    Movement in the classroom provides students with an interactive approach to learning. Teachers can incorporate physical activity into lesson plans, intentionally add movement into transition times and offer each student opportunities to use active workstations or sensory spaces. This results in an increase in physical activity for the students and research shows this approach enhances retention of newly learned material. Incorporating intentional movement also allows for students to process emotions, support their mental health and for the classroom culture to become more inclusive for each student, regardless of race or identity. (See the Mindful Movement, Social Emotional Learning and Anti-racist Practices page for more information.) 

    The District Wellness YouTube channel has a wide variety of movement videos for pre-k through high school students, as well as adults.