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Fuel Up to Play 60 Club

By
Girts Starks,   Travis Elementary School
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Fuel Up to Play 60 Club

Our school, Travis Elementary, offers an opportunity for students to be involved in a Fitness/Fuel Up to Play 60 Club. We believe that the combination of these two clubs helps mold our students to become well-rounded individuals who strive to be both physically and academically healthy. The club meetings are held every Wednesday and Friday after school. On Wednesdays, the students are given different activities for them to perform. One of the activities includes having the students exercise outside to help build up their fitness. We also organize games to help promote the importance of teamwork. On Fridays, the meetings are held in the computer lab where the students are logged on to the Fuel Up to Play 60 website. Also, through this program our students are not only gaining self-knowledge, but they are also being developed as young leaders in our campus. This leadership is instilled in them by allowing our 4th and 5th grade students to become mentors to our younger students and assist them with their homework. Furthermore, the club also performed different projects throughout the school year. One of the projects that the club was able to complete was the plantation of our school garden. We were able to plant vegetables and harvest them as well. The exciting part of this project came when we were able to use the vegetables we planted to make ourselves healthy sandwiches. Another project that the team was in charge of was cleaning up our school campus. This project in particular helps students become more aware of taking care of our community. Lastly, our team also walked across the Texas map, from east to west borders. This type of challenge of walking across Texas taught our students that goals can be achieved if we just set our minds to it, even if it seems impossible at first. We, as a school, are healthier and more successful because of the combination of our fitness and Fuel Up to Play 60 programs. Through these programs, our students demonstrate more confidence in their ability to reach goals in both health and academic aspects.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

It’s been great teaching/working together with students all year to improve our school by making students healthier and better learners. Our students' grades have improved, our school is healthier and a better learning place. Thank you, Fuel Up to Play 60.