Iowa School Lets Students Earn PE Credits by Helping Elderly and Disabled With Yard Work

Helping your community is something that lifts everyone’s spirits. It makes you feel good, it makes the people you help feel good, and it even makes the people watching you feel good. So when a school adds in the bonus of getting PE credit for doing something that’s already a “win-win” for everyone, I guess we can call that ‘extra credit’.

Students earn PE credits for helping the elderly with yard work. Credit: Alternative Learning Center / People

A school in Iowa is making headlines for a curriculum that allows students to receive physical education credits by helping do yardwork for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Tim Hitzler, who teaches at the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, told a local NBC station last week that students who choose to help can do a number of chores to earn credits in their final two weeks of school. “Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need,” Hitzler said.

Students earn PE credits for helping the elderly with yard work. Credit: Alternative Learning Center / People

The school reportedly teaches high school students who are struggling to complete their education and are at risk of dropping out.

The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated,” Hitzler continued.

He added: “What they really like is a, helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.

Students earn PE credits for helping elderly with yard work. Credit: Alternative Learning Center / People

Students earn PE credits for helping elderly with yard work. Credit: Alternative Learning Center / People

Artist Visually Compares the Sizes of Extinct Species With Their Modern Relatives

Technology has evolved and shaped our workplaces in many ways. Photoshop, for instance, helps us take a glimpse at how we want things to appear. Although flawless photography is perhaps never possible without expensive shooting gear, digital photo can give us the solution to turn imperfect photographs into professional ones so easily. It helps us to explore creative thinking and thoughts. Even though they still remain digital, they’re pretty close to reality.

To illustrate, Roman Uchytel uses technology for this matter. He uses Photoshop to show us a glimpse of things that have passed and thus will never come back. More specifically, he recreates prehistoric extinct species of animals as best as he can using the information that he has now. And it can be said that he’s been doing indeed a good job at it. Furthermore, he even managed to publish a book which you can find here.

Luckily, Earthwonders managed to get in touch with Roman Uchytel and had an interview about one of his many series which will be presented below. Such series involve the comparison of the sizes of extinct species with their modern relatives and places them side by side. It’s truly interesting how some of the species were way bigger than we would’ve thought looking at their modern relatives. So, scroll down and check out the images!

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“We came up with this idea together with Alexandra Antonova (Uchytel), my wife and business partner, for our children to know what the ancestors (or relatives) of the animals they see in the zoo looked like. Besides, I’ve been wondering myself how these animals would fit together. Everyone compares extinct animals to humans, but no one compared them to contemporaries (descendants).” said Uchytel for Earthwonders.


When being asked if it’s challenging to come up with ideas and with the final results, he said “Of course, it’s a challenge because you do it for yourself and you never know if it will resonate with other people”.


“It was really unexpected for my pictures to become quite viral, because in today’s world, it’s very difficult to surprise anyone. But I’m glad that a lot of people are interested in extinct animals, because one of the missions of the Prehistoric Fauna project is to starting point for an international dialogue that could help preserve the remains of the megafauna, because many animals can die out again because of humans.”


“People’s reaction about these images was like a snowball reaction. Because a lot of people didn’t know that modern animals had such unusual ancestors.”
































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