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By
David Dick,   Erieview Elementary School
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Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork

We did a before-school program called PE with Parents. Students did certain skills for a unit like football and parents came in one morning to share the activities done in the unit with their child. Units included football, gymnastics, jump rope, hula hooping, and volleyball. All activities were appropriate for the skill level and students had a great time sharing their school experience. Parents were thrilled with the family time they could spend at school as we worked on physical skills and shared nutrition facts with all who attended.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Teamwork was essential for all activities because most of the activities were collaborative, not competitive. We would jump rope as a group trying to do certain challenges. We played basketball but with goals of making 100 baskets together. Our football unit even accounted for the skills each parent or child had so that everyone shared success.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Good communication through the website fueluptoplay60.com, emails, and notes home helped us reach parents and other students to participate in all activities. We also used supplies that were bought with the grant in order to complete many of the skills accomplished in class. The ball kept rolling as students and parents had so much fun working together and celebrating success.

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

With a lot of the supplies we ordered, we had enough for successful activities. The supplies are durable and will last many years. A framework has been set up so we can do this next year, but share it on a monthly basis over a weekly timeline. The monthly timeline will allow us to share year round activities and keep parents involved as the school year progresses.