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Ties that bind at Penny Creek Elementary


Last updated 12/16/2016 at Noon

Students help students learn an essential skill as part of the Shoelace Brigade at Penny Creek Elementary.

Teaching the fine art of tying your shoes has shown older students at Penny Creek Elementary that helping can be fun.

“Sixteen very excited fourth- and fifth-graders joined the school’s newly formed Shoelace Brigade to help students learn to tie their shoes!” exclaimed physical teacher Susan Wood.

The Shoelace Brigade was the brainstorm of Wood.

“After noticing many students unable to tie their shoes in PE, I thought maybe we could use older students to assist the younger ones,” said Wood.

Teachers hand out yellow passes to students who could benefit from help learning to tie shoes. Before school in the courtyard, the Brigade helps kids with a pass.

“I had fourth- and fifth-graders apply to the Shoelace Brigade. My fourth and fifth graders use their time in the morning before school, while students are waiting for class to begin, to work with students who need help practicing.”

Each trainer collects the passes and tries to teach 10 lessons, said Wood.

“When we have worked with 160 kids, they will get an ice cream party.”


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