The Importance of Athletics

“…Physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills and attitudes and academic behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance. These include enhanced concentration and attention as well as improved classroom behavior.”
– Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

As a small, first-year K-5 elementary school, we don’t have a physical education program and/or sports teams … yet. However, it is something I envision for our school in the future.

Several learners at Alaka’i O Kaua’i Charter School are involved in after-school and weekend sports programs. I realized this after speaking to one of our 5th-grade learners, Sean Agoo. I had an opportunity to attend his soccer game last Saturday morning. Although I was not able to watch the entire game, I did get to speak to him about his game, and he told me that he scored one goal this week, but he scored three goals last week. I told him I was simply happy to see him having fun and being a part of a team.

Next time, my goal is to watch him play an entire game, and hopefully see him score several goals for his team.

I really enjoy watching children play sports! And I would like an opportunity to watch your children play any sport they are involved in. Please email me to let me know what sport your son or daughter plays, and where and what time I can watch them play. My email is fred.birkett@alakaiokauai.org. Also, please send me a picture, so that I can highlight your child in one of my Monday Messages. Thank you.