The LiiNK Project, designed by kinesiologist Dr. Debbie Rhea of Texas Christian University, is modeled after the Finnish school system in Finland where four recesses are part of the students' school day. Finland has an academic performance reputation for students consistently scoring high in the international rankings. Its American counterpart, LiiNK, which stands for Let's Inspire Innovation 'N Kids is a grant program through TCU.
Three schools will be a pilot for the 2016-2017 school year with the LiiNK Project. Those schools are Chavez, Oak Point and Hackberry for grades kindergarten and first. According to TCU, to initiate the pilot program, it has a maximum allowable of three campuses per school district. TCU plans to study and compare data to the other three elementary campuses not using LiiNK during the 2016-2017 school year.
For the 2017-2018 school year, the project will bring on Brent, Lakeview, and Prestwick K-1, and roll the other three campuses to include second grade.