The Country School Makes Significant Commitment to Childhood Fitness

The Country School has enacted a new fun and unique approach to exercising this fall. With a varied program and strong encouragement, Cougar Fit has truly changed how the kids look at physical training. It is a new program that not only emphasizes warm up and fitness, but injury prevention as well. Special attention is paid to building upper body strength, as kids these days are much weaker in their upper bodies than generations prior, due to all the time inside and not enough free play. Specialized equipment has been purchased to enhance the program, like abdominal mats, pull up bands and weight bars. Cougar Seals Training has also been introduced to third and fourth graders. This workout creates group cohesion, as all participants in a squad must finish various physical tasks or missions, together, prior to moving on to the next one.

Because the program is different everyday, it provides structure, teaches a child to be a self-starter (as they are responsible to start their exercises on their own after changing into gym clothes) and commitment. Susan Bohaker, athletic director, and physical education teacher and coach says, “The Country School has made a HUGE commitment to further developing the physical wellness of a child through a strong physical education program. Creating and implementing the Cougar Fit program is a reflection of that.”

About The Country School
The Country School is an independent, coeducational, Kindergarten through eighth-grade school founded in 1934. Its mission and philosophy is to offer a challenging program in a nurturing environment with small classes, individual attention, and outstanding teachers as its hallmarks. A traditional, structured, responsive, and age-appropriate curriculum focuses on building basic skills and serves a range of student abilities within a family school context. The school strives to educate the whole child in an atmosphere that fosters high academic standards, instills a love of learning, and provides a solid foundation for future education. Enrichment in the arts, athletics, and co-curricular activities offers additional arenas for individual achievement and leadership. By emphasizing the importance of strong values and character, the faculty consistently reinforces responsible behavior, self-discipline, and positive attitudes. Working in concert, Country School teachers and parents help students develop confidence and competence and reach toward their highest potential. To learn more about The Country School, visit http://www.countryschool.org or contact Liz Connors, Director of Advancement, at 410.822.1935, ext. 190 or econnors@countryschool.org.

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