Cypress Woods Elementary School
Palm Harbor, Florida

The Alliance
Due to scheduling constraints, a potentially controversial decision was made to remove one day per week of Cypress Woods’ award-winning recess program for only fourth grade. The recess program won CEP Promising Practices in 2009 and 2010. How do we explain and justify to fourth graders a necessary decision that is going to be viewed by fourth graders as unjust? Principal Lisa Freeman saw an opportunity for moral action. She enthusiastically embraced this opportunity and directed the Kitchen Manager and PE Team into a unique Alliance to answer Barack and Michelle Obama’s national call to action regarding nutrition and fitness. The Food Service Manager, a fourth grade teacher, the Wellness Committee of the school PTA, and PE Team have joined with selected community members to form The Alliance. The Alliance teaches Nutrition, Fitness, Wellness and Character to 100 fourth graders every Wednesday during lunch in the cafeteria.

Main Contact
Mr. Jim Harte
PE Specialist