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Breakfast Jump Starts Student Days at Wellington

Susan Tyner,   Wellington El
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
Breakfast  Jump Starts Student Days at Wellington
At Wellington Elementary, we have a Jump Rope Team made up of forty-two talented fourth and fifth grade students. These young athletes burn a lot of calories jumping rope, therefore it is essential for them to fuel their bodies properly. Multiple times during the year, the coaches have provided breakfast and healthy snacks for the team enabling them to perform to their greatest potential. This year our students have enjoyed chocolate milk, bananas, cheerios, water, and other nutritious foods to jump start their school day. Students on the team develop a solid work ethic while willingly and enthusiastically giving up their own time after school to practice. Applicable skills that will serve these students throughout their lives, such as communicating effectively and working collaboratively, are on full display as they refine their routines. The greatest impacts that can be seen are the deeply-rooted friendships that are formed, the true sense of comradery, and the teamwork that is displayed as they work towards a common goal.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The coaches created a Sign-up Genius allowing parents to donate breakfast items for the team.

How did you accomplish your goals?

When the Wildcat Jump Rope Team takes center stage during local basketball half-time shows, the crowd literally goes wild! People are astounded at the poise and talent these elementary-aged students display. Standing ovations erupt as students jump on pogo sticks while simultaneously jumping a rope.