All Children Exercising Simultaneously
WHAT IS PROJECT ACES?
Each May, on a designated date and time, millions of school children all over the globe will exercise simultaneously in a symbolic
gesture of fitness and unity to show the world that they do not fit into that negative stereotype of being "physically unfit". When Len
Saunders created Project ACES back in 1989, he had no idea that it would reach the magnitude and success of today. The program
has been praised by Presidents of the United States; such as Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Ronald Reagan. Celebrating its 25th year,
Project ACES has reached millions of children, parents and teachers all over the world, including participants from over 50 countries.
WHEN IS THIS YEAR'S WORLDWIDE EVENT?
The 25th annual global event will occur at 10 AM local time, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. It will be celebrated during May which is
National Physical Fitness & Sports month. Due to the mass participation of this event, there is plenty of room for flexibility concerning
the start time of Project ACES. The majority of schools that participate are able to start their exercises at exactly 10 AM. It is
understandable that some schools may not be able to start at 10 AM due to scheduling problems, programs, state testing, or even
inclement weather. Rarely, some schools may even have to do Project ACES on a different day. This is not a problem as long as the
children understand the concept of the day and feel a connection to the event!
WHY DO WE HAVE PROJECT ACES?
Project ACES aims to educate children about the importance of lifelong fitness and end the negative stereotype that children are
physically unfit. Exercise can lower the chances of coronary heart disease, which includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
obesity, and physical inactivity. Project ACES makes fitness fun!
WHAT DO CHILDREN DO DURING PROJECT ACES?
On May 1, 2013 at 10 AM, all the children will either exercise, walk, jog, bike, dance, do aerobics, or a combination or all the above.
Each school organizes its own participation assembly for the 15-45 minutes the program runs. There is no specific routine to follow,
just have the children do some form of exercise at 10 AM. Feel free to be as creative as you would like. Many schools choose to invite
local celebrities to the event and play music to accompany the activities. Organizers of local events can choose to get the whole school
involved, or just selected classes. The majority of schools will get the entire school population outside on to a play field, put on music,
and have everyone in the school have some fun by moving and exercising together.
If it rains, have a backup plan. Some schools have the student body go to the gym and do aerobics and calisthenics. Another option if it
rains is to pump music over the PA system, and have the classes exercise in their classrooms. Invite the local media to cover the event.
The children will love to see themselves in the newspapers or on TV.
If it rains, have a backup plan. Some schools have the student body go to the gym and do aerobics and calisthenics. Another
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013
KEEP THE DATE!
option if it rains is to pump music over the PA system, and have the classes exercise in their classrooms. Invite the local media
to cover the event. The children will love to see themselves in the newspapers or on TV. Proclamations from the Mayor's
and/or Governor's office may also be read.
IDEAS TO MAKE THE PROGRAM FUN AND EASY
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART: include 5 minutes of rope jumping to bring focus to the Jump Rope for Heart
- USE MUSIC: Have the students suggest music they would like to exercise to or bring a wide variety
- INVOLVE THE ENTIRE BUILDING: Have each teacher plan something for their class to do. Give suggestions.
- RUN THE PROGRAM OUTSIDE: More space but have some rainy activities planned just in case.
- MAKE USE OF THE MEDIA/PRESS IN YOUR AREA: This is a perfect opportunity to showcase your program.
- HAVE TWO HOMEROOMS GO TOGETHER FOR THE ACTIVITIES: This gets more students involved.
- For more information, activities and handouts: go to the Projects ACES website at http://lensaunders.com/aces.
This is not just an activity for the elementary schools. There have been middle,
junior and senior high schools that have participated in ACES over the past years.
Be creative and encourage all of your staff to get involved. You will be surprised at
the great activities some classes come up with. The main idea is to focus on fitness
Information about other activities related to Project ACES, PACES (Parent and child exercising simultaneously) May 4 th, 2013 and the
Project ACES club are located on the Project ACES website at http://lensaunders.com/aces.
Send information to:
ACES REGISTRATION c/o Peggy Pryor
Quincy Senior High School
3322 Maine Street
Quincy, Illinois 62301
Please fill out the form (linked below) by April 30 to be included in a prize drawing for a 2013 IAHPERD State Convention pre-registration..