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Bright Space Ramps up Recess for Edgewood Students

By
Joe Gallo,   Edgewood El Sch
Play:
Ramp Up for Recess
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation

Our 5th grade Fuel Up team members worked with their Program Advisors and parent helpers to bring a playground area back to life. The plan was to brighten the space with new top coating and paint. The students worked on creating a design with available stencils. The area was for all students and included academic paintings for teachers to get the students up and moving during the school day. There are shapes, math, MY Plate and alphabet areas for teachers, students, and families to access before during and after school hours. We started a student, parent, teacher and Program Advisor team to coordinate the play. The group meet several times to create the plan for the grant. We then got together several times to decide which stencils to use where and design a lay out. We also selected dates to work on painting. It was a great deal of fun!! Students talked with the Program Advisors; teachers and parents to create the plan. They then worked together to gather equipment and paint. During each of the painting sessions the students set up the stencils and paint selected. After the session, they worked to clean the items and stencils up and have the ready for the next time.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students talked with the Program Advisors, both teachers and a parent to create the plan. They then worked together to gather equipment and paint. During each of the painting sessions the students set up the stencils and paint selected. After the session, they worked to clean the items and stencils up and have them ready for the next time.

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

Classrooms were invited to come out and play using the painted areas. Teachers and classes were taught several games and activities that match the painted stencils. The teachers were also given directions for the presented activities. Our Fuel Up student team and an advisor made the presentation of the games.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students in the lower grade levels now use the previously neglected play area. They often play the games they were taught but even better they have begun to create their own games using the stenciled areas. Older students including the Fuel Up team now plan to use some of the stencils on the upper level playground and will begin painting as soon as the weather is warm enough.