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Healthy Playtime Every Day!

By
Susan Searls,   Davenport School Of The Arts
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Topics:
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Healthy Playtime Every Day!

We began our daily recess for all students in grades K-5 during the first few weeks of school. The Fuel Up to Play 60 team decided they wanted to supply each grade level with equipment the students could use to be more active during that recess time, but still remain safe. They decided to get hula hoops, jump ropes (both individual and double dutch style), and kick balls for each grade level to start the year. The students helped pick out what they wanted, organized it by color for each grade level, then put everything together. We delivered the equipment to the grade level chair. The students, both Fuel Up leaders, and the grade levels receiving the equipment were so excited to see the equipment. We helped organize the playground area into zones where the equipment could be used safely. Teachers are seeing more students engaged in the activities at recess and students are no longer just trying to play tag and other chase type games. The Fuel Up team hopes to add more activity choices as the year progresses, but we feel so far this has been a hugely successful team effort!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our student Fuel up to Play 60 team worked together with the class room teachers and administration to help determine what equipment would be best and helped organize the distribution of the equipment for easy student access. Our students also check with the class room teachers from time to time to be sure the equipment is still in good shape and not in need of any repair.