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Fired & Fueled Up for Fun & Safety with our Scottsdale Firefighters

By
Lori Thomas,   Cocopah Middle School
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Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
 Fired & Fueled Up for Fun & Safety with our Scottsdale Firefighters
On Friday, 9/9/16, Cocopah Middle School had our 8th Annual Back-to-Football Kickoff for Fuel Up to Play 60. Volunteers from Scottsdale Fire Department set up a simulation of a firefighter obstacle course for students during all three lunch periods. Students had an opportunity to write poems, letters, and cards for our Annual Firefighter and Police Officer Appreciation Day post-9-11. Students were encouraged to take the pledge via a poster and on-line, wear red, participate in our tailgate lunch, and lunch time activity stations facilitated by various groups in the community (various sports coaches, activities, Be Kind Dancers, Scottsdale Firefighters, etc. ). Our sixth grade students were involved in a kick-off assembly introducing Fuel Up, guest athletes, audience participation cheers and incentives, etc.). Our APT assisted with the event and hosted the hospitality room. Hydration stations and activity stations were available throughout all three lunch periods. Arizona Cardinals team mascot, Big Red assisted the Program Advisor in firing up the crowd to Fuel Greatness for the 2016-2017 school year.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Scottsdale Firefighters fired up our students at our assembly emphasizing the importance of "fueling up" by eating healthy and exercising 60 minutes a day. Students were able to interact with our firefighters and followed their directions using official equipment and touring the fire truck. Great role models for our students.

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

Our sixth grade students followed up by writing appreciation poems and letters for our Annual Firefighter and Police Officer Appreciation Day in conjunction with 9-11. Students were able to make a personal connection.