An Iowa School Is Offering Gym Credits If Kids Help Elderly Or Disabled With Yard Work

It's a good way to get students active.

A school in eastern Iowa says it's offering physical education credits to students who do yard work for people who can't do it themselves. 

Students at the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, Iowa, are taking their teachers up on that offer and helping people with various outdoor chores around their homes, KWWL reported. Many of the people they help are elderly or disabled.

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"The students and I and other students come out and help them," Tim Hitzler, a teacher at the school, told KWWL. "Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need."

Hitzler told the local news station that the students learn lessons about helping the community and come away feeling something positive from the experience. But it isn't always easy to get them excited about it.

"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 A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person."

Hitzler added their favorite part is seeing the finished product of their work. The students did the work for the final weeks of school before class ended for summer. 

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