As the years have rolled on, school recess for kids has grown shorter and shorter. Less physical activity for kids has been linked to an increase in behavioral, physical and emotional issues. One group called "Concerned Parents" has started an online petition to hopefully persuade the Lafayette Parish School Board to institute increased recess time for students.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that longer recess is crucial for social development, obesity prevention, intellectual development, and overall health.  Recess helps children to foster problem solving skills and has shown a significant decrease in problems associated with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression.  Longer recess time has also been proven to improve memory as well as general classroom behavior.

Currently, 435 more signatures are needed to meet the requirement of 1,500.

Do you agree kids should have longer recess time? If so, you can sign the petition over at HERE.