The Benefits of Your60

posted Jan 15, 2019, 6:40 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Julie-Anna Humphreys

    Wouldn’t it be nice to get an hour to do just about whatever you want in school? After doing work all day, and sitting in a classroom, students need time to relax and take a breather. Some schools only get up to twenty five minutes of lunch. Pocomoke High School had assigned shifts for students lunch shifts for years. Just recently, we have started a new procedure called “Your60.”

    Your60 is a 60 minute period with two separate sessions. It starts at 10:51 a.m., and ends at 11:57 a.m. During this time, we can choose to eat lunch, get help with teachers, do makeup work/tests, study, practice for band or sports, etc. We used to have activities such as coloring, yoga, movies, etc.

    Previously, Pocomoke High School had three different lunch shifts (A,B, and C) that students were assigned to which only lasted twenty five minutes. The lunch lines were usually so long some people didn’t even have time to get their lunch and eat it before that lunch shift was over. Some students didn’t even have people to sit with since their friends might’ve been assigned a different shift than them.

    Since students spend over six hours at school, it’s essential that we get a break. Since the start of Your60, students have remarked that they appreciate it way more than what we did before it started. According to Chyna McCoy, “Your60 is able to give students the opportunity to improve their grades, and gives them a chance to catch up on anything that’s needed, all while giving them free time.”

    Students are more successful, they can get a lot more done, and they get freedom to take a break and relax. McCoy also remarked,“I went to Mrs. Winfield to take a test, and it brought my grade up by 3 points which is something I really needed.” It’s especially beneficial for seniors since they need to get a lot more done for college, work, graduation, or whatever they plan on doing after high school.

    According to Arthur Morgan Schools website, it states “...students need free time to process and practice the lessons they learned during academic periods.”

    People who work get breaks, so having a break at school can only be fair.

Uploaded: 1/15/19

Source: https://www.arthurmorganschool.org/importance-of-free-time-for-students/