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Before School Walking Tribe

Nichole Stahmer,   Wareham Middle
All In, All Abilities — Activate Your School!
Physical Activity Participation
As a way to help get our minds ready to focus, we have created a before-school walking group that includes staff and students. The group meets 30 minutes before school starts and walks laps around the building. Each person who participates on a daily basis gets a raffle ticket to put in the monthly drawing. We have designed a plan to invite members of the community to be celebrity walkers and use scavenger hunt-type trivia to keep the walk interesting. Students and staff have an opportunity to do something healthy to start the day in a positive way. They also have time to build relationships through chatting. There are many different levels of speed for walking and there is a pace suited for everyone to happily participate.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and adults work together to make this Play successful. The students assessed that there is a need for opportunities to move, now that after school busing has been eliminated. Before school is a time, where many students get dropped off early and are sitting around waiting for the day to begin. Students and staff decided that a walking tribe would be a great alternative use of that time.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We went to the principal to get permission to spread the word about our idea and then announced the start date to staff and students.

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

We will keep staff and students excited about this Play, as we incorporate more raffles and celebrity walkers that are voted on by those who participate. We walk inside when the weather is bad and add in stairs to make it more challenging.