At Horace Mann Middle School, we have monthly Fuel Up to Play 60 mornings. These monthly activity days are dedicated to getting students and staff active and trying out a variety of physical activities. We do this by creating stations that our almost 500 students rotate through during the afternoon. The rotations have included dancing, fitness circuit stations, yoga, use of cardio room, basketball drills, football stations, volleyball, a conditioning workout with bands, track and field events, rock wall climbing, inflatables, and walking a 10k. We’ve also had the varsity athletes come during their seasons to help run stations and serve as role models for our sixth graders.
Additionally, we try to incorporate nutrition and health instruction into a station each month by making use of computer labs and student Chromebooks. Students play nutrition games or use apps to learn more about being healthy. We have also worked with our food service staff to create an oatmeal breakfast buffet, serve a yogurt parfait snack, and provide milk to drink.
The monthly Fuel Up to Play 60 days not only give our students a chance to be active and learn about nutrition, they have also bonded our students and staff.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
Our student Fuel Up to Play 60 members help our adult Program Advisors in planning and implementing the activities that we do at our school.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
We have done our FUTP 60 activities for several years now and we work with administration each year to come up with our schedule.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
We have seen increased activity as well as our students making healthier food choices as a result of implementing the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.