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Fuel Up to Play 60 Makes Recess Fun

By
Desiree Lulloff,   Tullar Elementary School
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Fuel Up to Play 60 Makes Recess Fun

For Fuel Up to Play 60, we encourage healthy choices. That is why we did Ramp Up for Recess in the gym. The kids got to play in the gym by choosing 4 square, basketball, volleyball, and play with the scooters. We held an 3 on 3 basketball tournament for 4th and 5th graders and the FUTP 60 students organized the games, officiated, timed, and picked teams randomly. It was great because all the kids participated and were having fun with their friends. We were able to get our energy out and we could make this happen in the winter when we are inside a lot. This makes a positive impact on our school because exercise helps kids focus better in school. We also held a dance party in the gym. We had KidzBop music videos projected onto a screen so the kids could follow along with the dance moves. It was great because kids were being active and having so much fun they didn’t realize they were doing physical activity. Some of the students hesitated to dance in the beginning, but in the end most of them did. We had 140 students attend this dance party and students were given healthy snacks and a sticker. We hope to do it again this year in the spring. Finally, we did a smoothie taste test with the kindergarten and first graders in the cafeteria during their lunch. We used two recipes. One recipe with milk, bananas, yogurt, and ice. We also tried orange juice, bananas, yogurt and ice. Both recipes were a hit. They were also very healthy. We had plenty of supplies left over so we delivered smoothies to the other classrooms during their snack breaks. Some of the FUTP 60 kids told others about the program. A few kids even asked for the recipe. That is what we do in FUTP 60!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We held a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for 4th and 5th graders and the FUTP 60 students organized the games, officiated, timed, and picked teams randomly. It was great because all the kids participated and were having fun with their friends. This makes a positive impact on our school because exercise helps kids focus better in school.

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

Some of the students hesitated to dance in the beginning, but in the end most of them did. Many students attended this dance party and students were given healthy snacks and a sticker. We hope to do it again this year in the spring.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Some of the FUTP 60 kids told the kids about the program. A few kids even asked for the recipe.