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On the Move

Liz Fick,   Litchville-marion Elementary School
On the Move
This is a program within the whole county encouraging students and staff to get up and get moving. Everyone commits to move a certain amount of time each day during the month of March. Valley City State University Football players come to the school and interact with students to get moving. They share the good stuff to eat and move and what the bad stuff is. Kids relate to them because they're in sports and they're young.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Everyone, and I mean everyone, signed up and achieved their fitness goal for the month of March

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

We haven't had 100% participation in a number of years. The Youth Council and the college football players really got everyone pumped and everyone stayed on task!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Everyone is very willing to do extra now; steps, stairs--doing extra. It was great to see everyone pull together! As a reward, they were bused to an activity center to play in the gymnastics sport center in Valley City--something we do not have available at our school. Everyone, including the staff had an enjoyable afternoon. For a snack afterwards, everyone received a bottle of water and a bag of nuts or granola bar from our food service.