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Five minute goals show students progress

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LA PORTE CITY (KWWL)-- Students at Union High School in La Porte City are taking their homework further than the classroom. Each student in Erin Wittenburg's health class was required to come up with a personal goal.

They would then spend five minutes a day in class working on that goal then write about their progress in a journal.

"We didn't know right away what to do for five minutes and if it was even going to give us results," said Kayla Quint, Union High School Junior.

After a few short months, Quint saw significant results. She's a gymnast and wanted to exercise her abs more to get stronger.

"I have been able to improve and do more sit ups on the machine throughout the days and weeks. It gets easier for me so I can do more."

Garrett Prestemon is a basketball player. He focused his goal more toward his sport.

"My goal, since I'm not very good at free throws I decided to try to shoot 70 percent or better for the entire trimester," said Prestemon, Union High School Senior.

Prestemon says he has seen his free throw shooting improve from previous years.

Erin Wittenburg hopes her students can help others start goals of their very own.

"Beginning a goal for five minutes and seeing that progress, it can become more of a resolution or more of permanent form of motivation," said Wittenburg.

Not all of the 22 students had physical goals. Wittenburg has a few students in her class who are working on either music or cheerleading goals.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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