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Home School Physical Education Program accepting students, classes begin Sept. 12

By Audry Gurkin

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University’s Physical Education Program will offer the Home School Physical Education Program for the 2017-18 academic year.

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 12 and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 – 1:50 p.m. The program is for children ages 5 to 12 and the annual cost is $30 per child. The Appalachian program is part of the Beaver College of Health Sciences Health and Physical Education (HPE) Program at Appalachian. It is overseen by Dr. Benjamin Sibley.

Sibley is a licensed K-12 physical education teacher and a professor in the HPE program, and has many years of experience working with children in both academic and recreational settings. Classes are taught by junior-level physical education majors in the HPE program in conjunction with a university course in elementary physical education teaching methods. The program employs the SPARK physical education curriculum which has been shown in a variety of research studies to improve students’ motor skills and fitness, and to be enjoyable for students.

This year’s oldest group of students also will be participating in a fitness curriculum based on CrossFit Kids methodology. For more information and to find out how to register, visit, or contact Sibley at (828) 262-6300 or


About the Beaver College of Health Sciences

Appalachian’s Beaver College of Health Sciences opened in 2010 as the result of a strategic university commitment to significantly enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in North Carolina and beyond. In 2015, the college was named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the healthcare industry – Donald C. Beaver ’62 ’64 of Conover. The college offers 10 undergraduate degree programs and six graduate degree programs, which are organized into six departments: Nursing, Social Work, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nutrition and Health Care Management, Health and Exercise Science, and Recreation Management and Physical Education.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.