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Lincoln Elementary Walking Club Participation

By
Mikaela Waiflein,   Lincoln Elem
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Topics:
Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Lincoln Elementary Walking Club  Participation
This year, our Fuel Up to Play 60 team TRIPLED in size! We went from 40 members last school year to over 100 members this year. A big part of the number increase was the incentive we put into place. If the students were participating in FUTP 60 events throughout the week, on Friday they got to play dodge ball, which is a big deal! Our students have really shown an interest in Fuel Up to Play 60 this year and have stuck with it. One major success we have seen is our Walking Club. The students are in charge of the walking club. We have classroom leaders that get the pedometers ready before recess, tracking clipboards all set, and students who are in charge of calling everyone in when it is time to collect data. We decided to turn it over to the students this year, since it is their club! We have had a lot of students show interest and great leadership skills while doing the Walking Club. They have recruited other 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to come and join Walking Club and have taken it upon themselves to keep the Walking Club successful. We have two stand-out 5th grade helpers who have really shown their dedication to the Walking Club this year. Merlin and Olivia have taken charge in getting everything ready and really making the Walking Club a success. As for the advisory part, we don't have to do much but sit back and enjoy the success we see! Our Fuel Up to Play 60 Team has really made some great improvements this year and have really stepped up and shown some amazing leadership skills!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen an overall student participation in Fuel Up to Play 60 nearly triple the amount of students who have shown interest in this club! The students have stuck with it throughout the whole year too!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The adults set the ground work for the students and had all the equipment ready and help set up the start of the walking club. After the students understood their roles they were able to smoothly put into effect the walking club without much support from the adults.

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

We plan on carrying out the Walking Club until the end of the year and making it a every year thing!