Doing heavy yard work can burn up to 600 calories per hour, but at one high school doing yard work can earn students credit for P.E. in addition to helping the elderly and disabled.

At the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, Iowa students can earn school credit in physical education outside the school yard and in their neighbors’ yards. During the last two weeks of the school year the students have the option to do yard work for people in the local community who are elderly or disabled.

“The students and I and other students come out and help them. Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters. Just depends on what they need,” Alternative Learning Center teacher Tim Hitzler explained to KWWL News.

Not only are the kids getting outdoors doing a physical activity, they are also learning about the importance of giving back and helping those in need. And, of course, the community benefits as well thanks to their hardwork. That’s a real win-win.

“What they really like is helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person. We get to give back to the community, but the kids feel a sense of accomplishment too,” Hitzler said.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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