Eugene Field Elementary introduces dancing to student's morning

Eugene Field Elementary School

After a long winter break, it can be hard for some students to get back into the swing of a school-day routine.

One elementary school in Hannibal has introduced a morning routine that gets its students up and moving.

Students used to file into Eugene Field Elementary in the morning and sit on the gymnasium floor and wait for school to start.

Staff members could tell students weren't benefiting from that.

Coach Menze noticed the problem.

"We thought is there any way to tie in a little bit more physical activity throughout our day other than the recess and their P.E. times," Menze said.

Students spend around 30 minutes a day in the morning dancing, singing, and traveling the world through Google Earth.

Results show that there is less tardiness, students are more eager to come to school and referrals have been reduced tremendously.

Teresa Paszkiet is a music teacher at the school, and with Menze, helped to start the program.

"That's been huge, and a kid is here at school, they're going to learn, and so that's kind of our ultimate goal is that everybody learns a little, and a little better," Paszkiet said.

It's not just the staff who enjoy the routine either.

Students like first grader Alexis Charlton like the morning dancing.

"Because it helps me learn better," Charlton said.

Other students like fourth grader Francisco Garcia think it benefits his work in the classroom.

"Well we get loosened up for the school day so you can pay attention in class," Garcia said.

Fourth grader Kanye Washington says dancing in the morning helps to take care of one pesky problem.

"Because they could get the wiggles out," Washington said.

Both Coach Menze and Paszkiet think that the benefits from the morning routine not only enhance the classroom, but the student's life as well.

"That's a good connection for them to be able to take home with them as well or for the rest of their lives, that you can do this kind of thing, be a little silly, and it's okay to be silly in this world, it's okay," Paszkiet said.

Staff members also say they encourage other schools to look into implementing programs like this, as it's simple, and easy to create.