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After School Smoothies!

Brad Hull,   Everitt Middle School
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork

The Fuel Up to Play 60 staff committee and I came up with an idea to promote healthy eating and participation in after school activities. With some of our funds, we bought a top of the line blender that allows students to receive a free smoothie after school if they attend an after school club or activity that day. We also created a smoothie cart to make the smoothies on and to store cups, lids, straws, fruit, and other necessary items in order to have success.

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

With the incredible support of our staff and administration, our principal was willing to find an additional $1,000 to help us fund for the smoothie cart. Because fruit, yogurt, and milk can be expensive, this will help us tremendously so students can receive smoothies for a much longer period of time. We also have amazing office secretaries that are always more than willing to go buy necessary items and donate them to the smoothie cart.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen an increase in student participation with after school clubs and activities. Because these smoothies are free, it is a big incentive for students to attend clubs and activities. It's also great to see several staff members and students work together which helps create positive relationships.

How did you accomplish your goals?

The biggest reason why we accomplished our goals was because of the tremendous support from multiple adults in the building. Administrators, counselors, secretaries, and teachers have all helped in some way to make this smoothie cart a success. Everyone is always willing to help and always puts students first. Having great student leaders have helped, because they encourage other students to attend clubs/activities after school so they can receive a smoothie.