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More Ways to Play

By
Lindsey Becker,   Anderson Elementary School
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Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Our "Girls on the Run" team had the BEST community give back project this season, all thanks to Fuel Up to Play 60! After surveying the school, we decided that our students needed more to do during recess. The girls decided to paint an activity path on our outdoor court for students to use during recess. They polled the students about what activities would be best and got started! Our court is now colorful and full of places to run, hop, skip, jump, mirror a friend and play loads of games! The girls even wrote positive messages around the track to motivate their fellow classmates. Girls in "Girls on the Run" had SO MUCH FUN painting and leaving their mark on the school. Students have been very excited to use the activity path and more students are moving than ever!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students and coaches worked together, deciding what activities would be possible to paint. The girls went on the morning show and asked teachers to poll their students. They were responsible for dropping off the polls and collecting them back. The girls and coaches then worked together to map out the designs and paint them during two sessions after school.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

More students are actively playing during recess. Instead of standing in a circle and talking, they are running around and playing. Students take pride in their court and want to include others in the fun.