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Milk It Kickoff at Maldonado

Angela Lopez,   Maldonado Elementary School
NFL Play 60 Challenge
Community Involvement
Milk It Kickoff at Maldonado
We kicked off the school year with a celebration. We won the national Milk It! Contest and received a visit from dairy nutritionist and farmer, Rosemarie Burgos Zimbelman and Arizona Cardinals guard, Justin Pugh. They recognized us for our efforts to highlight milk last school year. We used this opportunity to kick off the school year. Shamrock Farms was gracious enough to donate a milk cooler along with our students to try out. Justin Pugh presented our school with a smoothie bike with the help of Big Red and a few Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders. The bike is amazing, we will be able to use it throughout the school year and for many years to come. The event was a success, we got students pumped for the new year and excited to join the program. Prior to the event, we created welcome posters for our visitors. After the event Rosemarie and Justin filmed a short clip in one of our classrooms to celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day. Justin also met with our SWAT to take pictures and sign footballs. It was an amazing day for our mountain lions! Thanks FUTP 60!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our students and staff worked together to create the winning video that got us recognized for milking it. Prior to the event, students and staff worked together to create welcome banners for all our visitors. We also coordinated to make sure we were representing the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals on the day of the event with our apparel.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We accomplished our goal by creating a video, submitting it and being the lucky winners. Once we knew that we won, we wanted to use this opportunity to kick off the school year in a big way. We worked with the FUTP 60 program on a national level and state level. We also worked with our district, local dairy farmer, dairy company and NFL football player. We had a lot of moving parts but it all came together and was great.

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

This play will last through the year because I feel students got to see what happens when our hard work is recognized. I feel this will motivate students to join our SWAT, log in to report plays and complete challenges. I also feel the adults at our school got to see the positive impact and how excited our students got. Also, we were able to build a lot of new relationships and received a smoothie bike that we can use for years to come.