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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – First graders at Eagle Mountain Elementary currently receive four 15-minute breaks a day, making it a research lab for the link between recess and classroom performance nationwide.

“We’re expanding the cognitive development again by producing more firing of neurons throughout the day with this active time,” said Dr. Debbie Rhea from Texas Christian University.

She leads a study called The LiiNK Project that stands for “Let’s Inspire Innovation ‘N Kids.”

Dr. Rhea has found more recess breaks lead to an increase in cognitive skills development.

Elementary school kids across the country receive less than 20 minutes of recess time a day, according to Dr. Rhea.

Eagle Mountain Elementary teachers have reported the students have not only improved their social and problem solving skills, but their performance in math, science, and reading has improved.

First grade teacher Catherine Wells said the children take much joy from their playtime and therefore are mentally more relaxed to handle the challenges inside the classroom.

She added, “The feel of the wind… they just run out and it’s just glee and their brains are working taking in that oxygen.”

This far four schools in North Texas have adopted the program with five more hoping to jump on board for next school year, according to LINK administrators.

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