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Ambassadors Take the Lead

By
Kathleen Cleary,   Bournedale Elementary School
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All In, All Abilities — Activate Your School!
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Ambassadors Take the Lead
Our Student Ambassadors certainly have been busy this year and we still have a few months left! Our Healthy Action Team of Ambassadors, parents and teachers meets every month to decide what’s next on our “to do” list. TheSstudent Ambassadors really have a leadership role at our school. They supervise younger students during monthly walking school bus days and they run taste tests during lunch for grades three and four. Each week, Ambassadors open the school store during lunch and get a turn to help in the kitchen on Friday to make pizza. Ambassadors assisted younger students before school for running club by demonstrating stations and supporting students whenever possible. They signed up to help grade one students before school for PE PALS. We held a special school wide taste test of oatmeal for school breakfast week, which was a big hit. We just finished three sessions of before school food prep class for Ambassadors and they made some amazing food!. We made yogurt parfaits, yogurt smoothies, overnight oats with yogurt, veggie wraps and pitas, blueberry pancakes, fried eggs, and we even made our own butter! We hope to have another three sessions soon. Tonight we are presenting at the elementary science expo explaining how we use heart rate technology in physical education. We purchased new equipment to be used on the playground and at indoor recess. Our gaga pit continues to be very popular as are the basketball hoops, all made possible by the Student Ambassadors! We love our flag football equipment and the fitness testing kit. We hope to write some new grants to keep this momentum going and we will have a display table at kindergarten night to get more families involved. Still to come this year…..Backyard Games Night, Run For Fun Day, and Games Day Thank you for this great program to support our school! Fuel Up to Play 60 has been wonderful for us especially this year, since our sponsor team is the New England Patriots!!!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our Healthy Action Team works together at every event. Parent volunteers make these programs possible because they help Ambassadors run the school store, with taste tests, walking school bus, running club and writing grants. Our Ambassadors really enjoy all of these experiences.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Each year, we build on our success and try a new initiative. Once we iron out any kinks, it practically runs itself the following year. This has allowed us to add more activities for all students to enjoy and just make adjustments as needed. Our walking school bus is a good example. Most busses unload almost a mile away from school, but some busses unload closer to school so everyone can walk.