Schoolkids in Iowa earn PE credits for helping out the elderly and the disabled

Rather than making kids do laps around a gym track, an alternative school in Iowa is allowing its students to earn their physical education credits by helping disabled and senior citizens.

At most traditional high schools, students can finish their PE course by pursuing sports or engaging in extra-curricular activities. The Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, however, is trying a different approach thanks to some recent innovative changes to its curriculum.

The school, which teaches juniors and seniors who are at risk of dropping out, has allowed its students to spend the last two weeks of school helping elderly or people with disabilities tend to their yard, with their hard work going toward their physical education credits.

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