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Playground Patrol

Becky Keely,   Meadow Lane Elementary School
Recess Refresh — It's Not so Elementary!
Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Our leadership team came up with a Playground Patrol concept for the whole school. Everyone is a member of the Playground Patrol and can patrol recess to bring about good. They can remind other kids to play nicely or follow the rules, pick up trash, put away recess balls, organize the recess cart, report a problem with the playground (like a loose piece of equipment or needing new nets on the basketball goals), etc. We basically say you are empowered to make recess great! The 5th grade team invented this concept and spoke to all grade levels about it. In a couple weeks, they will host an essay contest where kids can write how they helped Playground Patrol and some will win FUTP 60 prizes!

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

The FUTP 60 team will keep talking about it and have announcements to read throughout the year. A poster will be made and put by the recess door to keep reminding kids as well.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

As the sponsor, I listened to their ideas and went along with it for the most part! I typed up the challenge page for them but they had it mostly written out how they wanted it. The kids set up the times to talk to each grade on their own. They took great initiative on it!

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our goal is to improve our recess time by being more aware of issues and how we can all work to accomplish change as needed.