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Fuel Up to Play 60

By
Lori Sipper,   Bowman Woods Elementary School
Play:
Community Playtime – It’s Good for Everyone
Topics:
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Fuel Up to Play 60
Our school held a free family event to get kids moving during the cold winter months in Iowa. High school football players and cheerleaders were at the elementary school to show the kids how to throw a football, catch a football, run with a football, and perform cheers.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Parents, high school students, elementary students and school staff pulled together to create a fun family friendly event at Bowman Woods Elementary. High school students supplied the athletic skills to teach younger students how to complete an obstacle course, football maneuvers, and cheer leading drills. Parents supplied the labor to organize and fund the event. To compliment the night, we held a chili contest to see who had the magic recipe to dazzle the students.

How did you accomplish your goals?

To accomplish our goal, we started with the Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) to coordinate a night to hold the event. Next, we involved the school staff to arrange for high school athletes to be present at the event. We sought out local funding to cover expenses of the event. The elementary youth helped make the event a success by helping with the planning, setup, and volunteering for tasks such as the entertainment.

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

During the event, I coordinated a meeting of the minds among the school leadership, mw and the FUTP 60 representative who attended. Together, we came up with ideas on how we can roll more events into our elementary school.