A 'One Class At A Time' winner's story

Work hard, play hard

By Anna Yee

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM CDT

FARMINGTON, Ill. -- Rhonda Burd is a teacher's aide at Farmington Elementary School.

She's also a supervisor during most kids' favorite few minutes of the day, recess.

"It's an important part of their day," said Burd. "They need that outlet."

But, Mrs. Burd says that outlet is hindered because of worn equipment, or a lack of it.

"The kids were playing kickball with a basketball," said Burd, "because there weren't enough kickballs out here."

Mrs. Burd would also like to purchase another swing for students with mobility limitations.

"They only have 15 minutes," said Burd, "and it takes about 15 minutes to get in and strapped in."

Mrs. Burd says even though recess is not time spent inside school walls, all students are still benefiting from the lesson of learning how to work and play together.

"I think it's important for kids to be able to play in different ways, especially the handicap kids," said Burd. "Not all of them can hold the end of a regular jump rope, but they'd still like to be able to turn the jump rope for the kids. We've seen that, and it's just so exciting to see them interacting."