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Hichborn Touch Down

Barb Hamlin,   Hichborn Middle School
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Hichborn Middle School has reached the Touch Down School level of Fuel Up to Play 60 for the 8th time, which is every year that FUTP 60 has been in existence. Students have worked with the nutrition department to promote eating breakfast with a new breakfast cart and Grab and Go format as students arrive at school. The Breakfast Celebration assembly was presented by FUTP 60 students and highlighted the benefits of breakfast with posters, a student skit, costumes, and special guests. Kaicey Conant, from Conant Acres Farm in Canton represented Maine Dairy farmers. Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council School Programs Manager, Mrs. Katie Hoffmann was also there and gave out prizes to students as they got their breakfast. That day, the breakfast count reached a high of 70%. Before the assembly, counts averaged around 40% but have since averaged in the 60 - 70% plus range. Peer reviews do make a difference and we appreciate the work of the students. Students presented a thank you poster to both guests. The Physical Activity Play was to promote class activity breaks and the best place to start has been in health class and study hall. March has been our best month and students have been enjoying getting a quick 5 minute break or coming to the gym for a 20 minute game of volleyball when homework is done. That's great incentive to work at a focused pace.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students were involved with a Breakfast Celebration assembly to promote eating breakfast and to thank the Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council and Maine Dairy Farmers for funding a Grab and Go cart.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Breakfast counts went from about 40% to 70% on the day of the celebration but have continued to be from 60-70%+ since.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Students really love PE and any chance to get to the gym during other times of the day are very motivating. Activity breaks in study hall have been the best place to start.