The Camdenton Band Program received a McDonald's Balanced, Active Lifestyle Grant from McDonalds of the Ozarks
The McDonald’s Balanced, Active Lifestyle Grant Program is designed to reward schools and educators in the areas of developing unique and educational programs that help support physical fitness and health education to grades K-12.
With technology being so easily available to students, many members of the band are equipped with various forms of trackers for their activity. During summer band camp they were amazed at the number of steps they were taking on any given day. Once school started, marching band practice was from 6:30am to 7:45am. Many students realized they took more steps before the first bell than some kids would take all day. There was no official program put in place or goals set, just a general interest and realization at how active kids are through the marching program. Consider that an average person can walk a mile in 17-20 minutes and a very fit person can walk a mile in 13 minutes on average. That gives students in the Pride of the Lake Marching band time to walk upwards of 4 miles each morning before the 1st bell ever rings and don't forget the 3 weeks of long days at band camp before the first day of school, the Saturday practices and many evening practices they put in to pull a show together each year. The activity has been complimented by the Booster Club parents taking several steps to ensure the students are being provided more balanced and nutritious snacks.
Thank you Camdenton McDonald's for being active partners in the community and for recognizing and rewarding the efforts of the Pride of the Lake Marching Band toward a Balanced, Active Lifestyle.