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FUTP60 Beaupre Elementary

Joey Styles,   Beaupre Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork

This is my first year at Beaupre and I was so excited to find out that we participated in FUTP 60 last year. Our coach did an amazing job last year but had moved away so I was fortunate enough to take over. I went to every classroom to introduce myself and get a feel for how many students we had last year and told them about our kickoff event which was held in our gym. I was surprised to see how many students we had flooding in right away to be a part of the team. After getting our team and ambassadors together, the players started knocking out challenges right away. We meet before school starts to eat breakfast and discuss the challenges. Then we ramped up for recess, getting all the students pumped up for the tournaments we do each week. We had playoffs for Flag Football and just finished up the “world series of kickball”. Another play that we do is Brain Breaks (in class physical activity break). I was able to find a pdf file online that has different activities for the students to do. We put them on card stock, laminated them, put Popsicle sticks on the back, and put them in a decorative bucket. It looks like little signs and the kids love it. They pick one in the morning and usually one in the afternoon after getting sluggish. Brain Breaks are short, energizing bursts of activity that boost blood flow, send oxygen to the brain, and help kids better retain information. It really gets the students up and refocused. A lot of our students do not have access to internet at home so I set up a FUTP 60 corner in the library where I meet with each class room during their library day. We take time to go over the challenges and make sure they add the points. This is also done during their gym days and times. The students do an amazing job as well as the staff helping push, promote, and motivate other students. They talk about how they will implement these plays throughout the rest of their life and it makes me very proud. We are planning to add a smoothie bar and 100 Mile Club very soon along with sprucing up the gym. We plan to add color to the wall for a better atmosphere, a FUTP 60 wall art, and healthy eating banners and signs. I am truly blessed and very excited to continue lighting up the scoreboard and having touchdown status year after year.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

One of the challenges that we ran into was that the majority of our students do not have access to internet at home. So the way I tackled this was by meeting before school for our team breakfast, during the library days and times, and during their gym days and times. To make sure that they look over their challenges and add their points.

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

After testing it in one class room, the kids really enjoy their brain breaks and now ask for them all the time. Each class room will have one and its very easy to do. It's small and they're able to pick one during the day and one in the afternoon when the teacher see's that they're getting sluggish. It is becoming part of the normal routine for class rooms and they will continue with brain breaks year after year.