This year, we used our breakfast funds to buy stools and breakfast carts for every classroom, kindergarten through fifth grade. Some students eat breakfast in classrooms, but we want to encourage all students who did not eat at home or daycare that they need to eat a healthy, hearty breakfast before starting their day. In addition, those who may not have had a fulfilling breakfast, can eat more so their day is starting on a successful note. Each classroom now has a designated area with six stools and a cart for breakfast items to be housed, which is encouraging students to eat, eat, eat!
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Something new we have put into all classrooms are 'calming caddies'. Sometimes students experience frustration and they know their bodies or brains just need a quick break. These caddies have sand to play with, fidgets to manipulate, goo timers to use, puzzles to give our brain something to use and so forth. Students had to be taught appropriate times to use these (per teacher's rules) and are loving the moment they can take for themselves to regroup.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
Last year, we got pedal bikes to encourage movement in the classrooms. These have been so popular for teachers to check out for the classrooms to use that we wanted to bring in more exciting/different items for kids to move, but continue to learn without being disruptive. We ordered two recumbent bikes to house in the library for students to read and bike or students who need a 'break' from class can go to read and bike. They're still learning, but getting movement in.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
During our wellness meetings, students and teachers gave input on what would be most useful for calming caddies. Students also rated their opinions on something recumbent bikes or additional pedal bikes.