BOKS Program

BOKS is a before school physical activity program, at the Lilja Elementary School.  BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children appreciate the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime.  BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.”  Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun!

Typical BOKS Class
40 minutes long
Fun warm-up game or movement drills
Running activity, relay races, obstacle courses and strength movements
Fun group game(s)
Cool Down and a BOKS Bit, a nutrition component of the program

When is BOKS?
BOKS will run Mon, Wed and Friday at Lilja. It runs from 7:40am to 8:20am. Drop off is between 7:30am and 7:40am.

How do I sign up?

Complete a registration form for each child and make sure to sign the last page.  Approximately 60 children may participate per session and the participants will be chosen based on a first come first serve basis.

What is the cost for attending BOKS?

The fee is $90 for MWF.  Checks can be made out to Natick Public Schools and sent in with your registration form.   Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Is there transportation for BOKS?

Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to school. Children who attend a before school program are eligible to enroll and participate.

BOKS is designed to involve the whole community and family. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Heidi McGrath. You can also visit the BOKS website at www.bokskids.org for more program details. 

We hope that you will share our enthusiasm for this program and you will, in turn, see a positive impact on your child.


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