School lets students earn PE credit by doing yard work for the elderly and people with disabilities

School lets students earn PE credit by doing yard work for the elderly and people with disabilities

Iowa students can volunteer to help the elderly or people with disabilities with their yard work to receive PE credits. (Photo: KWWL)

Students in Dubuque, Iowa helped out their neighbors and earned PE credits thanks to a recent innovative change in their school’s curriculum.

“The students and I … come out and help [those needing their assistance]. Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need,” a teacher at the school, Tim Hitzler, told the station.

Hitzler said that he initially wanted students to perform yard work for credits because it benefits all parties involved. He added that while the students aren’t always thrilled to get their hands dirty, they have become more engaged once they see the finished product and, more importantly, realize how happy it is making their neighbors.

“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated,” Hitzler said. “What they really like is helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”

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