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By
Brian Pflederer,   Ridge Family Center For Learning
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Physical Activity Participation

Students participated in football-related activities to kick off our involvement in Fuel Up to Play 60. Students in grades K-5 went to various stations which included running, jumping, kicking, tackling (a dummy), catching, throwing, and playing for 90 minutes of the school day. An assembly before activity highlighted our school's involvement in FUTP 60 and the importance of getting 60 minutes of play every day. Our Fuel Up team also helped in designing the different stations for each grade level!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I have seen an overwhelming increase in student ownership over activities during recess. Students are designing different game areas, as officiating those games! Students of all ages are able to find an activity that matches their skill level and interest, which has led to students from different grades/classes becoming friends! I have also seen groups reflect on their game ideas, changing them to make them better as the year goes on.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our team first began by doing some research to see what our student body wanted/needed during recess. We used this information to create different opportunities for students to engage in activities that suit their interests. The student team worked with recess supervisors and teachers to make their vision a reality. They continue to change their activities based on student interest and age differences.

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

Our student team is already thinking about next year. We are designing a student-led intramural experience for the school during recess. Some ideas include tournament play, just-for-fun activities, and more. Students are designing a schedule of games based on the current season and the equipment we have/need. This is something I see continuing for many years to come.