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March Madness Open Gym Toddler Night

Megan Challoner,   Elmwood Mid
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
March Madness Open Gym Toddler Night

The middle school FUTP 60 group discovered a fun and creative way for some of our youngest community members to participate in open gym nights. Under the supervision of a middle school student adviser, Kristel Flesberg, the students organized an open gym night for children ages 2-5. Each Wednesday in March from 6:00pm- 7:00pm, they met in the Lien Gym. After a fun and energizing warm up, the middle school students set up stations for the youngsters to rotate through. Each station held a very specific purpose; passing a ball, catching a ball, kicking a ball, running bases, or batting. After each participant was able to rotate through each station, and a quick water break, the group reconvened with the hopes of playing an organized sport that incorporated the skills obtained from each station. Each Wednesday evening held a different theme; T-ball, soccer, kick ball and so on. It was a great learning opportunity for both middle school students and toddlers alike. This was the second year that the middle school FUTP60 council offered March Madness Open Gym Toddler night and we look forward to offering it again in March 2018.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students were under the direction of Kristel Flesberg, but all of the ideas and implementation was the responsibility of the middle school students.