April 30, 2018
Dear Zellars Alternative Center Families,
I have some exciting news to share with you. Our school has been selected as the first secondary campus in the district to participate in the 2018-2019 expansion of the LiiNKTM Project in Little Elm ISD! The LiiNKTM Project is a physical education and character development program that incorporates more frequent recess breaks and character education lessons for students to help them better focus during instructional times and achieve higher mastery of their learning.
LiiNKTM, which stands for Let’s Inspire Innovation ‘N Kids, will be implemented beginning in August 2018. Your child will receive four, 10-minute recess breaks throughout the school day, which equates to about triple the amount of recess commonly provided in public schools across the nation. They will also receive four-15 minute character education lessons weekly.
The program is designed by Texas Christian University kinesiologist, Dr. Debbie Rhea, and is modeled after the school system in Finland where students receive more unstructured playtime, yet consistently score at or near the top in international education rankings. Two school districts (four different schools with grades K & 1) piloted this program during the 2015-16 school year with much success. Teachers have reported witnessing significant changes in their students such as fewer distractions, increased eye contact, better peer relations, more engagement in their lessons, and better retention of their newly acquired knowledge.
The LiiNKTM Project aligns with our district’s philosophy that recess is an essential component of the total educational experience for students. We believe that recess provides students with opportunities to engage in physical activity; exercise their creativity and imagination; and learn life skills such as cooperation, conflict resolution, taking turns, communication, and problem solving through supervised, unstructured play. We also believe, and research supports, that recess facilitates a student’s academic progress through improved attention and sharper focus on learning.
We are excited about the LiiNKTM Project coming to the Zellars Alternative Center next year! Our teachers have already attended training and we are working with the district and Dr. Rhea at TCU to put all the pieces in place for a successful year.
Principal - Zellars Alternative Center
Office: 972.947.9340 x10701 / firstname.lastname@example.org