Before winter break, our FUTP 60 Ambassadors hosted a movie and popcorn event. Students could pay $1 to wear a sports jersey and another $1 to buy popcorn at a movie event. The money was used to pay for a visit from the Chicago Bears' mascot, Staley the Bear. Staley came to the school to talk to the students about being active and how to keep moving at home, in the winter when the kids can't play outside as much, and by taking in-class movement breaks. Staley passed out participation prizes to some of the students. Before the assembly, the FUTP 60 Ambassadors had made posters describing different exercises that are easy for anyone to do, and they had the whole school up and moving as they demonstrated the exercises. It was a great way for our school to kick off our spring break!
How did students and adults work together as a team?
Our students worked hard to promote the event before winter break so that our school could raise enough money to have Staley the Bear come to visit. They made fliers with our FUTP 60 advisors for the jersey day and movie event and made morning announcements every day the week leading up to the event. We raised over $475!
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Finding the time to get the Ambassadors together is always a challenge. The adult advisors are not always available when the students are free, and missing class time is not an option. Some of the Student Ambassadors came in before school or stayed late to work on the flyer for the event. Two advisors gave up their lunchtime one day a week to help the Ambassadors develop the exercise posters.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Our students continue to talk about the event and exhibit increased classroom movement breaks. They encourage their teachers to incorporate movement breaks a few times a day. Our school has entered the standardized testing phase of the school year, and the movement breaks have been added in between each test segment to get the blood flowing and brain oxygenated.