The Merrimac PTO launched BOKS, a before school physical activity program, at the Merrimac Schools for the first time fall 2019. BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime.   BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun!

Typical BOKS Class

  •     50 minutes long
  •     Fun warm-up game or movement drills
  •     Running activity, relay races, obstacle courses and strength movements
  •     Fun game
  •     Cool down and a BOKS Bit- a nutrition component of the program