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Halloween Food, Fun, and Fitness

Stephanie Peters,   Park Elementary School
Halloween Food, Fun, and Fitness

In October, Park Elementary School called all goblins, ghosts and creatures of the night to their Monster Mash Dance as a part of Red Ribbon Week. Teachers, parents, students and their siblings came dressed in costume as they moved and grooved to a variety of Halloween dances lead by Park’s music teacher. In addition, delicious healthy snacks were contributed by Park’s parents and served by Park volunteers and our librarian's local Girl Scout Troop. Park is focusing on health and wellness. Therefore, Healthy Halloween snack ideas were sent home and Park parents came through by supplying many fun and creative healthy snacks. Park further promoted student activity by providing a choice of various balls, jump ropes and Frisbees to those students who contributed a healthy snack to the event. Halloween blow ups of graveyards, carriages and coffins decorated the edges of the gym. A wonderful time was had by all. Healthy food, fun exercise, and FUTP 60 fellowship – you can’t ask for anything better!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Making a goal to have healthy snacks and foods at all our events has changed the culture of our school. Our parents have become creative and are finding alternative ways to support our initiatives. I think it has helped to give them with ideas along with sharing a monthly newsletter. Our families seem to be on board with the changes. It is really pretty amazing!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students researched healthy snack ideas on the internet. Then they created a flyer that was sent home to all of our parents. The parents worked with their children to create wonderful and fun healthy snacks to share with our families at the dance. On the day of the event the students decorated the gym for the Halloween Monster Mash Dance. Then the students and community volunteers decorated the tables and served the amazing snacks to all who attended.