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VIDEO: Miami Gardens kindergarteners explain why they love recess

Loana Paine, 6, enjoys recess at Citrus Grove Elementary School in Miami on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Loana Paine, 6, enjoys recess at Citrus Grove Elementary School in Miami on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

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As Florida parents and school administrators debate over whether lawmakers should require daily recess in public schools, here's what some kindergartners at Miami Gardens Elementary have to say about why they love recess.

The school is one of 11 in Miami-Dade County that are testing out daily recess. The rest of the district's elementary schools have recess at least two or three days a week, with the option of having it four days.

Speaking with Miami Herald photographer Emily Michot, the children offered a variety of explanations on why they enjoy the daily playtime outdoors -- because they "like to run" or play hide-and-seek or tag, and because they "all have fun together and play together as friends."

Kindergartner Mariam Mompremier even offered this adorably emphatic explanation: "We would not have air... We're gonna die!"

"And if you don't breathe, you die!" chimed in her classmate, Jenny Farias.

Watch the cuteness overload below, and read our full in-depth report here on the politics of playtime.

Video credit: Emily Michot / Miami Herald

[Last modified: Friday, February 10, 2017 2:02pm]

    

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