East Calloway Elementary has an abundance of outdoor space, but needed some help updating recess equipment. The Recess Refresh play did just that! We now have new basketball goals, a soccer field, and 4 square areas on the blacktop. These additions have boosted outdoor physical activity and additionally provide new areas to teach Physical Education.
How did you accomplish your goals?
First, we identified our needs. Our recess facilities were due for an upgrade and our cook staff has equipment that works round the clock. Our Wellness Committee then met and discussed how to best address these needs if we acquired the funding. Alan Curtsinger with the American Dairy Alliance was instrumental in assisting during the grant writing process. Chiefly, with the new equipment in place, our kids are more engaged during recess in real physical activity!
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
Our PTO became involved with the FUTP 60 Recess Refresh Grant. In part, they assisted me in hosting a Mother-Son Game night at East Calloway. Funds raised through this event were allocated for outdoor storage for our newly acquired recess equipment. In turn, protecting our investment, we made recess goods “community property”. Resources viewed as community property are cared for differently. These changes in school culture will foster future success of the FUTP 60 program at East.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Overall, our students are more aware of nutritious food choices due to the signage provided by FUTP 60. The signs are new, bold, large, and easy to understand. Additionally, students are more actively engaged during recess. This has also cut down on misbehavior that can occur on the playground, with more students having a task. The kids are proud of the new equipment and anytime the kids take pride in something it’s a win for our school!