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A New Energy 4 the Playground

By
Jen Mau,   Riverdale El
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Recess Refresh — It's Not so Elementary!
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A New Energy 4 the Playground
The Riverdale Elementary "FUTP 60 Crew" worked on reviving the 4 square courts on our playground. The students repainted lines of older squares and added 6 new courts. This gave the playground more activity games and a fresh new look. Students contacted the physical education teachers and had them review with their classes the rules of 4 square that would be played during recess. This helped students learn the game, review the game, figure out problem solving techniques, and save time of arguing so they could play more meaningful games. Every Friday during recess, a large speaker was set up outside to ramp up the recess and get the courts full and other students moving around the courtyard. It was fun to see the numbers grow, skills improve, and awesome dance moves as they played almost everyday! Yeah team! This definitely was a win for Riverdale students!

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

The students worked on the courts at the beginning of the school year and after school for 3 days. They plan on checking the courts again once the weather gets warmer and they plan on touching up any areas that may need attention.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The FUTP 60 Crew worked with their advisor and then met with the physical education teachers with a set of rules for the game. These rules would be reinforced during the recess time for all students. The students even made copies for the recess aides on the playground.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

A big challenge would be weather. With all the hard work getting the courts ready, the students were able to use them for a few months. With the harsh winter, the students have to be patient to begin play again in the spring.