Nominations are open for teachers and principals who’ve done outstanding
work in physical education, and last year’s top honoree among
principals says his school’s program has had a significant impact on
academic achievement as well as physical fitness.
Rick Oser, Principal of Golden Avenue School in the Lemon Grove School
District, received the 2009 Governor’s Council on Fitness and Sports
Gold Medal, and with it $10,000 for his program, as a result of the
Comprehensive Wellness Program (CWP) he implemented at Golden Avenue.
”Kids are now more motivated to come to school,” Oser said, as a result
of the CWP. “They’re more ready to learn. And they’re more physically
fit. For a lot of kids, it’s something to look forward to. For a lot of
students, the opportunities for physical fitness are more limited these
Oser said fourth and fifth graders at Golden Avenue start every day with
30 minutes of physical activity. “As a result, they’re ready to jump in
and learn,” he said. Why? “One, because of the effect of the physical
activity. And second, we have a lot of team activities, so students feel
engaged and successful when they start class.”
Oser was one of two San Diego County principals honored in the statewide
program last year. The other, San Marcos Middle School principal Brian
Randall, was the Bronze Medalist, which brought a $1,000 award to his
North County campus.