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Teachers sweat it out during passing periods

Posted at 5:18 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 08:51:28-05

WESTFIELD, Ind. – A group of Hamilton County teachers have come up with a solution to staying awake (and fit!) at work.

It’s Workout Wednesday, a new weekly tradition that involves about 90 percent of the teachers at Westfield High School.

They wear workout gear to school and during every passing period, they do exactly that: Work out. And in the hallways during passing periods, no less.

“It wakes us up for sure,” English teacher Holly Wheeler said. “I feel like when you’re working with kids all day, you’re tired, you’re constantly walking around interacting. You always have to be on your game. And it just wakes us up – it makes us feel more energized.”

Wheeler came up with the idea a couple months ago. She says one nice side is, she and her colleagues have the license to wear sweats at least one day a week.

“I don’t have to think about what I’m wearing in the morning,” Wheeler said. “I’m like, ‘Yay!’”

Students often jump in, too.

“It’s kind of funny,” Spanish teacher Cary Pruett said. “We’ll have some (students) jump in with us. Others walk by awkwardly. They’re not really sure how to handle the situation but we open it up to anyone.”

Wheeler says it’s more than working out. The teachers are building camaraderie and setting an example for students on something they don’t always learn in the classroom.


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