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Beginners to Beyond

Michele Davis,   Lulu M. Ross Elementary School
Community Involvement, Student Leadership,  Success with Funds
Beginners to Beyond
While Lulu Ross Elementary only recently implemented  Fuel Up to Play 60, we are excited about all of our accomplishments. Over the past year, we were able to provide leadership opportunities that will continue through this year. We were awarded grant funding to implement a student selected Play and improve our recess playground, as well as an additional grant that will supply activities and opportunities for students participating in indoor recess. Aside from funding, we also sent an advisor and student ambassador to the Ambassador Summit. Through the knowledge and connections we made, we are able to further our school programming. Additionally, the student who attended prepared materials for, and spoke at our 2018 Kickoff event. The awareness campaign took place during our school’s Fall Family Night, and the student was able to make contact with approximately 600 individuals. Furthermore, we have been able to contact a local dairy farming family. We are in the process of working with this family to plan an after school event where a student led presentation on the dairy farming process and effect on the community can be shared. The family would also bring one of their cows to the event. Overall, while we started our Fuel Up to Olay 60 program last year as beginners, we are now working on becoming a bigger, better program.

How did you accomplish your goals?

At Ross, we were able to accomplish our goals this year by dividing and conquering. As a team, we sat down and read applications to select our student leadership team, and then after that process we each took different roles. Some staff organized events, some of the advising staff held the student meetings during the day, and other staff worked on grant writing. While we worked on some things individually, we all made a collective effort to continually spread information about the program.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Something that we really took pride in is working with our student leadership. At each of the meetings the students were the true leaders. They were in charge of play selections, data analysis, and discussion. Additionally, students and staff worked together when we attended the Ambassador Summit. After the event, we sat down and planned on how we could use information and connections made at the Summit to further our school, and district programming.

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

We are excited to have the play and program extend beyond the current year by relying on our grant funding and student leadership. We will be able to utilize the grant funding to provide permanent improvements to our indoor and outdoor recess materials/opportunities. Additionally, we will rely on our leadership because the students have transferred to another school building where they are working to build and promote the program.