• The PE Department at Nina Harris is dedicated to getting all of our students moving and participating in physical activity. We work on various sports skills throughout the year and build on the foundational principle that movement helps with brain development and processing tasks. Giving our students the opportunity to be physically active every day is an important component in strengthening not just their minds, but also their bodies. Every activity or skill being worked on is presented to students at their individual ability level and then practice is provided to achieve improvement.

    It is important to the PE Department that students enjoy their PE time, because the more fun they have while being physically active, the more they will want to continue to be physically active. During the course of the week, students get to ride bikes, use cardio equipment like treadmills if appropriate, go for a swim, and enjoy our new sensory gym and equipment. There are even times when classes can take a walk at Broderick Park, if permission slips are on file. We have adapted equipment such as gait trainers, standers, and scooter boards to assist those who need it as well. If someone adopts the PE Department through the Adopt-A-Class program, all funds go to equipment and items used directly with students.

    Coach Porch runs the Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Program during the week. This program offers the opportunity for our students with more complex needs who are not able to participate in the Special Olympics program to work on developing the fine and gross motor skills necessary to participate in sports at a higher level. Students participate in the program for one semester with a culminating Challenge Day where they get to show off the skills they have been working on throughout the program. At the end of the Challenge Day, each student receives a medal and a t-shirt.

    We love helping our students to be active and realize what their bodies are capable of!