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Kickoff/Running Program/Track Meet

Michael Newman,   Northview Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Kickoff/Running Program/Track Meet

The goal for our school's second year of participating in Fuel Up to Play 60 is to get more people in our school community (students, teachers/staff, parents) practicing healthier lifestyles with daily exercise and improved nutritional habits! The first objective was to double the number of students in the FUTP 60 club. Secondly, we wanted to offer activities on a monthly basis to our entire school. Sixty-one students attended the draft sign-up meeting, which more than tripled our number of students from last year! This initial meeting got students signed up and introduced to the FUTP 60 website. The group also planned the Kickoff. They organized students in grades 3-5 to promote the event to the entire school (posters, personal invitations to each class, school announcements, and information on the school website). The Kickoff on September 8 was the start of a five-week running program. Students came to the playground before school and participated in a variety of running challenges and races. Overall, we had over 122 students, 7 teachers, and 9 parents participate. The students ended the the five-week program with an elementary school track meet. This involved the coordination of seven other schools in the North Kansas City School District.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

The FUTP 60 team has three times as many students involved and we are hoping this will get greater involvement of all students in our school to participate in our monthly activities.