Illini Bluffs P.E. Teachers Are One Class at a Time Winners

By Marc Strauss

April 6, 2011 Updated Apr 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM CDT

High school can be stressful with homework and tests. But a pair of Illini Bluffs teachers are helping students blow off steam and stay active at the same time.

Even though their department budget has been cut, Illini Bluffs P.E. teachers Jen Schafer and Tyler Hesh have exercised their creativity to keep their kids active.

"They keep things really fun," said Illini Bluffs student Breann Randle. "They make up games. They have a game called speedballl, which all the kids love. All it includes is a ball and a net and a whole bunch of kids running around, which doesn't cost much."

Student Jordan Sanford likes to work out and looks forward to P.E. class.

"We get to listen to music in class. That's cool," said Sanford. "They're cool people, they're nice."

And on Wednesday all the heavy lifting by Schafer and Hesh was rewarded. They were named this week's One Class at a Time winner and received a $1,000 grant for their school from CEFCU and HOI 19 News.

"We can definitely use it," said Schafer. "We've had our budget cut for next year and there are some things we'd like the kids to be able to do."

With the $1,000 grant Jen and Tyler can buy equipment and maybe even schedule a field trip.

Normally we're able to take the kids bowling. We could maybe use it for that," said Schafer. "Since Tyler came to the high school he's brought some new things , some ultimate frisbee and frisbee golf."

Hesh also had some ideas for putting the money to good use.

"I think we're probably going to use it for some of our fitness activities like the heart-rate monitors and vertical leap tests. All of those are kind of nickel-dime things that you don't get to put in your normal budget," said Hesh.