"No Child Left on Their Behind" in North Polk West Elementary

Physical Education teacher wins One Classroom at a Time Grant

By Stephanie Angleson | sangleson@weareiowa.com

Published 10/25 2016 11:01PM

Updated 10/25 2016 11:01PM

POLK CITY-  "No Child Left on their Behind". That's the mission of North Polk West Elementary PE teacher Mark Jungmann. His dedication to his students and their physical fitness makes him the winner of October's One Classroom at a Time grant sponsored by Bankers Trust and Local 5.

Jungmann  wants to use his $1000 grant to increase the inventory of fitness equipment available to his students. His class is a half hour of constant movement. it's a lot of fun, but don't let that fool you. Jungmann says "I want them to have an enjoyable experience. But it's not just about fun. It's about learning too. This is not a structured recess…It's physical education and I am an educator I am here to teach and they are here to learn."

And research shows physical activity helps students perform better academically and behaviorally. Jungmann says he is trying to give kids the knowledge and attitude to take care of their fitness for the rest of their lives.

As part of the One Classroom at a Time grant, the school also wins a cultural workshop from CultureAll. Mr. Jungmann chose a traditional dance class from the Philippines. 

Do you know of a teacher with a special project that needs funding? Find out more about this grant here.


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