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Academic, Social and Emotional Impact of FUTP 60 at an Alternative High School

Joseph Pearce,   Synergy Alternative High School
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Academic, Social and Emotional Impact of FUTP 60 at an Alternative High School
Tell me how FUTP60 has influenced your academic, behavioral, or social/emotional success? Tim Roberts: FUTP60 :" I feel that the first thing FUTP60 influences is unity among my classmates here at Synergy. Students take the time to come together for positive change, specifically during the Flag Football Kickoff. We had a great competitive event that brought out the best in everyone: physical activity, team work and discipline. In order to participate, you need to be a leader in classes. Socially and emotionally, we had students that had prior problems but put all that to the side for our FUTP 60 events. Academically, you need to be on point. I think one thing I can still work on is increasing breakfast participation and understanding the importance of food as energy” Johnathan Ortiz FUTP60: “FUTP60 makes me want to work harder to achieve better things. I believe that FUTP 60 has made me open up more to become a better leader and understand the perspectives of other kids. Not just to think about myself but to think about others. Going to Atlanta for a National Summit, visiting Gillette stadium and going to my first Patriots game shows that my work has paid off with cool incentives. FUTP 60 has made me want to do better in my classes. If you don’t have the grades – you can’t be a leader and role model”

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen an increase in the number of students who want to be student leaders. We had several students involved in the planning of our kickoff event in September and it has really led to more students asking questions about FUTP60. We have also seen the number of students "Playing 60" and eating daily breakfasts increase.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Goals this year have been directly related to student leadership. We are very fortunate to have a State Ambassador, Johnathan Ortiz, who has really done a great job involving his classmates and leading by example.

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

We still face the challenge of getting every student to eat breakfast daily. However, we are now tracking data that shows students who eat breakfast daily get a higher percentage of A's and B's in their classes. Hopefully if we are funded for our breakfast cart/station, our numbers will only increase!