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FUTP 60 Dance Club Celebration Kickoff

By
Joanne Hincks,   Swan Valley Elementary School
Play:
Let's Dance!
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork

This year we had a dance celebration after school in the evening. Our goal was to show our community the importance of being active and healthy. Each night we introduced different types of dance exercise for 60 minutes: Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, and Drum Stick exercise. We had a grab and go table with fruit, vegetables, parfaits, and cheese sticks. I used my FUTP 60 cooler for the cheese sticks and the parfaits! Our small community really pulled together to make this celebration great!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students played an integral role in making this a success. They made signs, wrote the announcement, and poster around the school to promote our FUTP60 Dance Kickoff. Two students actually trained for tha drum stick exercise before the Kickoff. The PTO, parents, students, staff, and the community helped by participating in the Kickoff activity. It's a great way to see the importance of FUTP 60.

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

We are a small school where the teachers are responsible for class learning, recess, and physical activity and physical education. We plan to use the Play Let's Dance by having teachers do small group instruction in their classrooms. We also hope that it will have a positive effect on their health outcome with nutrition and weight.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The sixth, seventh, and eight graders are FUTP 60 team leaders. They lead and mentor the younger students with activists. The teachers are very committed to good health and use FUTP 60 activities to teach health and PE as well as leadership.