AZUSA, Calif.- Forty Gladstone Street Elementary school children are in for a kick on Thurs., April 26, 2012, when they each receive a new pair of Reebok shoes and a T-shirt during their morning exercise class. The students are part of California’s first chapter of Build Our Kids’ Success (BOKS) program, launched in January by Reebok International, in collaboration with Azusa Pacific University.

“The partnership between the Azusa Unified School District (AUSD), Reebok, and Azusa Pacific University encourages the fitness and health of our local children,” said Ginny Dadaian, APU director of community relations. “Reebok’s generous gift will certainly bring smiles to the faces of the Gladstone kids.”

The enthusiastic 3rd-5th graders participate in the before-school program every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7 a.m. Sessions begin with warm-up stretches, followed by a running-related activity and the “skill of the week.”

BOKS’ science-driven exercise curriculum, developed by Reebok, emerged in response to rising obesity rates in children and a lack of physical education. Currently, just two certified physical education teachers serve all 11 elementary schools in the AUSD. Due to budget limitations, the instructors only see children for 45 minutes per week, much lower than the Centers for Disease Control’s recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Diana Rudulph, APU Department of Exercise and Sports Science assistant professor, coordinates Azusa’s BOKS program, taught by APU physical education students.

“The minute the kids get to school, we start them off with exercise,” Rudulph said. “They leave energized, more alert for class, behave better, and have greater academic performance.”

Media Event Alert:

BOKS Surprise Shoe and T-shirt Giveaway

  • Thursday, April 26, 2012
  • Gladstone Street Elementary
  • 1040 Gladstone St. in Azusa

  • Class meets from 7-7:40 a.m.
  • Giveaway takes place at 7:30 a.m.