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Posted October 10, 2016

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Wherry Highlighted at International Summit

The elementary school was the only one invited by Nike to speak on the importance of physical activity during the school day.

A once in a lifetime opportunity is just that, once in a lifetime. For one APS physical education teacher, that opportunity came in the form of the 2016 Social Good Summit, a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world.

Ann Paulls-Neal and two of her students at Wherry Elementary School were selected by Nike to speak on why “Active Kids Do Better”.  Wherry ES is one of 90 APS schools engaged in the Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative created by First Lady Michelle Obama. Wherry ES was the only school worldwide with the opportunity to share the stage with many social good activists, including Vice President Joe Biden.

Paulls-Neal had the opportunity to speak on the impact of introducing more physical activity into the classroom. “We have noticed fewer behavior problems, we can see that our kids are becoming more confident, and we know that active kids do better,” she said.  "Students do better academically, socially, and behaviorally.”  

Paulls-Neal's students said they feel that an active lifestyle will better prepare them for the future and offer greater opportunities.

Watch Nike’s entire segment here.

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