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MONUMENTAL STORIES

12/18/13 - College Students Help Monumental Kids

by Allison Plopper

Allison Plopper IUPUI Allison Plopper, IUPUI This semester was the first semester that myself and another faculty member, Dr. Lisa Angermeier, were involved with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. We had 75 of our first semester freshman from the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI participate in the Monumental Kids Movement. For six weeks leading up to the race the IUPUI students went out once a week to around 16 IPS elementary schools and participated in physical activity before and after school or in their physical education classes. Then on the day of the race my students participated alongside of the IPS students in the Monumental 5k race.

The IMM was the glue that held this collaboration together.

Monumental Kids Monumental Kids Without the IMM we would not have been able to offer this opportunity to our students. Through this experience our students were able to get out into the Indianapolis Public Schools to provide service and in turn be an example to the importance of lifelong physical activity and exercise for these kids.

Alex Bischoff one of our first year students said "my favorite part of the experience was to see how thankful the classroom teacher was on the day that we came to help, and how excited the kids were to go out and be active - whether it was running a mile or playing a game."

Real world experience working with Monumental Kids

One of the other benefits I observed that came from this was that our students were going out to a school that was not familiar to them. Many of my students came from a different background and it allowed them to get hands on experience in their field right away in their college experience. At IUPUI we strive to prepare our students the best that we can and that means allowing them real life experiences. This is just one example of how we can best prepare our students to excel as professionals in the future.

It is so important for me as an educator to give my students a great learning experience. My goal is to connect classroom learning alongside of hands-on experience. This opportunity allowed for that. In working to combat the childhood obesity epidemic it has to be an all-hands-on-deck approach. Any opportunity we can provide for kids to move is a great one. My approach is educating individuals to be physically active, not just right now but for a lifetime!

Allison Plopper
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Physical Education & Tourism Management.


For more information on the Monumental Kids Movement, see this quick 2 minute segment that aired during the noon news on RTV6:

Monumental Kids Movement Spot on RTV6
Monumental Marathon Impacts Youth Health with Monumental Kids Movement