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Awakening a "Leadership Machine"

Michele Davis,   Lulu M. Ross Elementary School
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Awakening a "Leadership Machine"
As a teacher in a fully inclusive school, I am able to celebrate with the students in my building each day. With the implementation of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, our staff and students are now able to celebrate in even greater and more exciting ways. Fuel Up to Play 60 has afforded the students at Lulu Ross Elementary School the opportunity to show their self-determination and agency over their daily interactions and choices they are making with their peers. The program has provided many opportunities for leadership, both on an Ambassador level, and also for individuals working within the classrooms. This is a platform for which students not only complete “Plays” and make healthy lifestyle changes for themselves, but has also provides opportunities for them to help each other as well. Want to know how to earn points, just ask Luke. Want to attend the Summit, just meet with Emerson. Jordan is happy to share information from the Ambassadors meetings. The list goes on and on! The real joy is watching how excited the students get when talking about the program. One student mentioned, “I am proud that we are bringing Fuel Up to Play 60 to our school.” Another mentioned, “This is a great program because it helps kids get active and excited about exercise.” Additionally, a student shared, “One way I would like to motivate my peers is by creating an EPIC speech,” referencing the program. In all, this program has been an awakening for Ross, as our students’ leadership and support of others in the process has come alive.

How did you accomplish your goals?

This program has been easy to begin at our school. We did have support from another school in our district. We worked as a staff team, held a kickoff, and the kids took over. In order to get each child to login and view their own homepage, our technology specialist took her class time to complete this activity with all students, and also showed students examples of the plays, and provided information. Teachers now offer up extra time in class, and students have been working at home too.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

As far as teamwork, the students and staff have worked hand in hand. Truly though, at this point the students have taken over. As you travel through our halls, you will see posters encouraging students to get involved, get healthy, and be active. If you pass by our computer lab, you may see our technology teacher helping students login, or showing them how to navigate the website. Or maybe you visit us on a Thursday morning, and pop in to our student ambassadors meeting.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Improvements in the school are throughout. As you walk the halls you will see many posters encouraging healthy eating habits and exercise. Peer to peer support has truly increased as well. In addition, teachers are supporting their students by allotting more time in the day for kids to get physically fit. We have also been encouraging healthy eating choices. We look forward to even more student and staff growth in the future.