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Troy students participate in cardio drumming for fun and fitness

P.E. teacher used the activity with in-person and remote learning students

Earlier in the school year, Dani Novack introduced her remote learning students to cardio drumming and they loved it.

The students took kitchen spoons and upside down bowls and to “percuss out the beat” with Novak and a “video musician,” according to a news release at Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C

So Novack, a physical education teacher at Troy Hofer Elementary School, brought the program to her in-person students, too, where they used drumsticks and desktops, the release said.

“They particularly like it because it’s something they’ve never done before,” Novack said.

Novak said cardio drumming gives students a break from sitting in a fun way. Because they also get to squat, clap, tap the floor and tap their knees, run in place, do jumping jacks and play air guitar – all in the name of cardio drumming.

“Our specials team of P.E., music, art and library are good about going above and beyond, especially this year,” Novak said. “We have really supported each other, exploring activities that can work in the classroom and remotely at the same time.”