The Parents Behind PALA

December 12, 2011

DSC_0118This fall, more than 2,200 Chicago Public Schools students completed the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge, a program in which people incorporate fitness into their daily lives for 60 minutes a day for six weeks.

1World Sports hosted a celebration at Robert A. Black Magnet School where the school community came together to perform a flash mob dance as part of the challenge! Physical education instructor Jill White, who choreographed the performance, took the lead in bringing the PALA Challenge to the South side school. She credits the school’s strides to the administration, faculty, and parents’ collaborative efforts. (Left: PALA recipient Keyala with her mom, Latesha.)

Parents worked with White to arrange music and even learned the choreography to teach students. White said it has provided a great opportunity for parents and students to get fit  together. 

We talked to a few of the parents at the celebration who shared their excitement for the national honor.

Check out this video from the celebration below!

Kudos to the parents, teachers, and students at Robert A. Black Magnet School! Congratulations to all of the students who completed the PALA challenge.

For more information about Chicago’s efforts to elevate school fitness, check out Go for the Gold.