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Merrimack Valley

November 25, 2012

Exercising their bodies and their brains

Lawrence school adds physical activity, hours to boost student performance


At the end of the day, Jennieca San, 11, and Joel Aguilar, 10, admit they feel tired.

Jennieca said the physical fitness and rigorous academics help her sleep better.

Qazilbash said 90 percent of the students like the extended day program.

Joceliz Laureano is not one of them.

“They should cut the hours because it’s too much,” Joceliz said. “It’s too much. I like the traditional school day better.”

She may not be happy with a longer school day, but that did not stop Joceliz from stepping with her friend Jazmine Toledo.

While students are doing exercises, teachers meet to go over lesson plans.

“What we’ve seen across the world is that we’re lagging behind in performance, so that extra time when used well can help kids,” Riley said.

“Kids are actually getting used to it. It’s part of the assimilation procession. We’re challenging our kids and they will rise to the occasion.”




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