Teacher Exercises Healthy Philosophy With P.E. Students

By Marc Strauss

November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Physical Education teacher Brad Bouris keeps his students at Trewyn School on the run. A former standout 3-sport athlete in El Paso, Bouris understands the value of exercise.

"Its heart health to get them used to having physical activity throughout the day and get them some movement," said Bouris. "To educate them about fitness and for them to release some energy."

But while there's plenty of energy in the Trewyn gymnasium there's not much money for athletic equipment. And Brad would like to introduce these kids to some new activities.

That's why Trewyn was selected to received a $1,000 One Class at a Time grant from HOI 19 News and CEFCU.

"Thank you very much," said an appreciative Bouris, "this will really help out the physical education program at Trewyn. We really need this money. It will go to good use. We can buy jump ropes, dodge balls, more basketballs, things like an inflator for the balls that we do have. Some scooters. The kids really like scooters. They like to be on the scooters and move around."

Brad's classes range from kindergarten to 8th grade. He works up a sweat keeping them active.