I am amazed at the level of staff participation in our 2015-16 Fit Week. The staff volleyball game was off the hook with each grade level teams bringing in ringers from different departments. Next year they plan to get t-shirts. Staff were celebrating with students and taking compliments on their play. Students were able to see staff in a different light.
This year we asked teachers to take advantage of a minimal day when the administration said they were able to use classroom time to promote fitness or healthy choices. Many teachers took students outside for extra recess and walked the halls or track to get in some exercise. One team of teachers brought in parents who had a kick boxing studio and one who had a dance studio. For 30 minutes in the gym, they broke into groups and were lead in a detailed dance routine and took turns learning to punch, kick and other strength training. Students were thrilled. The teachers were approached by other staff, saying they would like to try to bring in families as well, next year.
Both fitness families were honored to be invited to participate. It gave them a chance to share their talents and spend time with their child's classmates.
Many school families that own businesses in the community were happy to donate to Fit Week. To have their name associated with wellness in our community was beneficial, and to donate to an event that was promoting health to their child and the school community was satisfying.
Our Fit Week has become something that the entire school community looks forward to each year.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
Our student team came into our first session with a barrage of ideas, a true sense of empowerment and a desire to make Fit Week even better than last year. They planned, promoted, and participated in every step of FIT Week.
They needed to communicate with schools administration, teachers, their Program Advisor and fellow students, in order to make Fit fun happen at the school.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
The continued success of Fit week drew the attention of the Student Council who worked with us on a spirit day during Fit Week. We would like to build more partnerships with other student lead groups and teams within the school and plan wellness activities together.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Our new event Fit Night was planned for our school families to check out the fitness and health resources in our community (YMCA, Rec Center, Dance & Martial Arts, Bike & Running stores) for an evening of fun fit stations. December is not a good time of the year for communication with families and a difficult time to promote something new. The event was cancelled due to poor ticket sales. We are tweaking the event & planning a January 2017 event with more online news and social media coverage.