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District honors College's research-based after-school program

An after-school enrichment program run by the College of Education that blends physical activity with academics has received an award from the Clarke County School District.

The Physical Activity and Learning Program, or PALS, is among the recipients of the 2017 Impact Awards given by the school district. The program recognizes organizations that have made "significant, lasting and ongoing contributions" to students.

About 60 children at two elementary schools take part in PALS each year. They receive extra help in mathematics and reading, then take part in games designed to help them retain this knowledge. This program is the result of more than a decade of research showing increased physical activity can lead to higher academic achievement.

Award winners were announced at the June 8 meeting of the Clarke County School Board. The award began in 2011, and past winners include local and national companies, religious organizations, nonprofits and civic organizations.