Fuel Up to Play 60 participation at Giberson Elementary has grown to 60 participants. Every Thursday, we meet to discuss our Healthy Food choices, good sportsmanship seen at recess, PE, and Fuel Up activities. Our Fuel Up to Play 60 participants also serve as recess monitors so every student has a fun and safe experience. Our students also got to attend a clinic and a basketball game at the Air Force Academy. We learned many new skills and games that we share at recess. After the clinic we got to watch the Air Force Women’s Basketball team defeat San Diego State. We all enjoyed the win and demonstration of great team work and sportsmanship displayed by the Falcons.
We enjoy a healthy snack at the end of every Fuel Up to Play 60 session!! We Love FUTP 60!
How did you accomplish your goals?
One of our biggest goals this year was to increase positive interactions on the playground. By getting our Fuel Up to Play 60 participants excited about the recess challenge, and getting their interest and buy-in, we were able to get them to be the leaders of the movement and empowered them to make the changes they (and we) wanted to see on the playground. This excitement has led our school to become more safe and respectful and significantly lowered our behavior issues during recess.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
During the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, we have worked hard to provide our students with positive role models. We demonstrate positive interactions with the students and staff to show how we should act in competitive situations. We have also provided college and professional sports role models so that out participants know what they could accomplish with good sportsmanship. We hope that they continue these practices through the end of this year and beyond.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
As a whole school, students at Giberson struggled with appropriate and safe behavior on the playground. In the FUTP 60 program, we have focused on safe and positive interactions during free time, and we have instilled a sense of empowerment to our student participants. They then take this behavior and knowledge with them on the playground and work to encourage the students around them.