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Celebrate Our Families

carmy mersereau,   Fair Oaks Elementary School
All In, All Abilities — Activate Your School!
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
In May, our FUTP 60 team had an event in which families were invited to come and play games, participate in activities, and enjoy a healthy snack of fruit bars and ice cream treats. We used our mobile freezer to store the goodies and put out the recess games that we were able to purchase through the grant. It was amazing to see so many families at the event. Many families played games with their children as well as with families that they did not even know. This not only promoted healthy food and active living for All, but also promoted our rich culture of people from many countries, nations, and cultures. It didn't matter your background or ability. It was about having fun, being healthy, and enjoying each other.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students of FUTP 60 and the volunteering staff of our school worked together to prepare the stations, man the stations, and clean up after. They both helped families to learn the games and play. As partners, they made sure everyone was welcomed and helped them when they needed it.

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

Our goal is to do this again next year. We will continue to have the activities, since we purchased them. We will try and see if we can get a grant or donations for the prizes and the healthy treats.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

After doing this activity, it was great to see families run into each other at school and greet each other. Many did not know each other until the event and now they see familiar faces. It helped our families who were a little cautious of others because of differences in race, culture, and disabilities to see that we have so many similarities no matter the differences. There are so many wonderful children and families at our school.