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Lifetime of Fitness in the Mountains

By
Beth Madison,   Robert Gray Middle School
Play:
After-School Drills and Skills
Topics:
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Teamwork
Lifetime of Fitness in the Mountains

At a PTA meeting this winter, a mom asked if our school might be willing to have a ski and snowboard club take students to the mountains after school. Partnering with SUN Community School, our extended day program, and our Fuel Up to Play 60 advisor, a ski instructor, we put the activity together in record time. The interest was overwhelming. Thanks to an awesome winter, not to be taken for granted in the Pacific Northwest, conditions were epic with lightly falling, cold powdered snow and no wind. A total of 86 students and parents participated over the two Friday evenings, including students on scholarships provided by parents who pitched in a little extra funding. This was a highlight of the year for a school that focuses on fitness and fun.

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

Because this is a huge winter for snow, our community can ski well into the spring. We know the participants are looking forward to trying out their new and improved skills. Our school has access to many sporting activities and, bolstered by the notion that they actually skied and were successful, our students are ready to continue their fitness.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The details required to pull off the ski club were endless. From liability to chartering busses to the awful traffic out of the city and up the mountains roads, the details and challenges were formidable. But now that we have conquered the processes and created the materials needed to send a hundred kids skiing, our processes are in place and we are ready to go next year, assuming we get snow.

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

Because this is a huge winter for snow, our community can ski well into the spring. We know the participants are looking forward to trying out their new and improved skills. Our school has access to many sporting activities and bolstered by the notion that they actually skied and were successful, our students are ready to continue their fitness.