One of the Plays my school chose was the Milk Mustache Booth, because we noticed that a lot of kids weren't drinking their milk. We started by having a lesson in PE explaining why it was important to drink milk, and how it makes your body strong. We then took a virtual tour of a local dairy farm, so the kids could see where their milk came from. I talked about how milk is not only good for you, but that it also helps support our local dairy farmers. I involved some parents and we decided to build a milk mustache booth to encourage milk during breakfast and lunch. In order for a kid to get their picture taken at the booth, they had to drink all their milk and answer a dairy question correctly. We made it into a game show, and the kids really got into the competition. Kids were randomly selected to have their picture displayed on a school Facebook page. This was a unique way to encourage students to drink milk.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
We have seen major improvements at our school in terms of making healthier food choices. Kids are encouraging each other to drink more water instead of sugary drinks. They are supporting each other in trying new fruits and vegetable, and talking about what foods they liked. We see more students participating at recess, and more organized games being played with the equipment that is being provided. Our students are taking an active role in having a healthy lifestyle.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
We plan on incorporating these healthy lifestyle choices throughout the year, by still continuing the competition at school. Instead of asking dairy questions, we can move on to the food groups, fruits, and vegetables. Choosing a healthy lifestyle isn’t a quick fix, it’s teaching kids at a young age to make healthy choices that will benefit them into adulthood.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
We had different groups, with adult and student team leaders in charge of the plays and making sure that everyone was an active participant. Every child involved in the program had an active role, whether it was leading the play, creating posters, or encouraging others to make healthier food choices. Teachers, parents, and students all worked together to make this school program successful.