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Getting active in the classroom

By
Russell Thull,   Farmington El
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Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
This year we focused on getting our students active in the classroom. We created a brain break challenge throughout our school year. Every time a class completed a brain break in class, they filled out a raffle ticket. Each month we raffled off a healthy snack for that classroom. The amount of brain breaks these kids participate in went for minimal to about 5-15 minutes throughout the day. Our school was awarded an academic award this year. I feel very strongly that brain breaks play a huge role in how our students perform in the classroom.

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

It gained steam throughout the year because classrooms wanted to win the healthy snack for the month.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our staff and students did a great job working together because everyone bought into the idea behind this.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The amount of brain breaks in the classrooms has drastically increased on a daily basis. I honestly think it is just part of our culture because we have done this all year.