West Jordan school makes more of recess

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It’s a well-worn joke: What’s your favorite subject in school?

The answer: Recess!

At Heartland Elementary, the classic one-word punch line isn’t such a stretch this year. The West Jordan school has made recess more educational, thanks to a California-based Playworks program that provides a full-time coach to lead games and tournaments during the school’s two recesses each day.

Heartland principal Aaron Ichimura latched onto the program after a one-week demonstration last spring.

“I really appreciated how many of our students were actively involved in activity,” he said, instead of merely “biding their time.”

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