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Overcoming Obstacles

William Thomure,   Pleasant Ridge Montessori School
NFL Play 60 Challenge
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership

After starting an FUTP 60 team at PRM, I sat down with my team (nine 5th and 6th graders) to discuss problems we will have with the program and how to overcome them. One student shared how she has no internet in her house, so she walks 1/4 mile to the public library two or three times a week so she can get online to record her active role in the FUTP 60 program.

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

Our first problem was the technology portion of the program. We talked together about safety and with adults walking to the public library. We reviewed our schedules during the day to see when I can host them in the gym with laptops.

How did you accomplish your goals?

First goal: two members of our group to Level 3 by November 20th. (Successful) Now we are spreading the word about Fuel Up to Play 60 through brain breaks. We are posting posters around the school and making workout videos for the classrooms.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our team is working with their Program Advisor. We are working on getting 100% involvement with classroom teachers to participate in brain breaks in the class. Students will be working with a group or parents to prepare and hand out food for taste tests.