School in Iowa Gives Students PE Credits to Help the Elderly and the Disabled with Yard Work

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Anyone who has done yard work on a hot day can tell you it can be just as good of a workout as participating in a team sport.

School in Iowa Gives Students PE Credits to Help the Elderly and the Disabled with Yard Work

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Anyone who has done yard work on a hot day can tell you it can be just as good of a workout as participating in a team sport.


You are down on your knees pulling weeds, up on a ladder lopping off errant tree branches and pushing a heavy lawnmower which never seems to start on the first try.


Alas, because lawn work is physically intense and not everybody can afford a gardener, the elderly and disabled often have to let their lawns and backyards grow wild.


However, an alternative learning center in Dubuque, Iowa is helping its students stay physically fit while helping their community with a new program that gives them high school PE credit for doing yard work for the elderly and disabled.


The Alternative Learning Center is for high school juniors and seniors that are at risk of dropping out of school.



As part of the program, the students visit homes of the elderly and disabled to help out by raking leaves, cutting grass, pulling weeds, and cleaning gutters.


Teacher Tim Hitzler created the program to help the students get involved in the community and help those that need it the most.


A 17-year-old student at the learning center, called Nick Colsn, said that the program allows him to meet people he would not have met otherwise: "I'm more of like go-to-school-go-to-work-home-repeat kind of guy. So to me, I probably would not have met any of these people."

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