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Pumping Pumas

Maria Woods,   Postma Elementary School
Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork

We had over a dozen students join our school jump rope team. The students were ecstatic about this fitness club that meets in the mornings to work on skills and routines that incorporate rhythm and dance movements. Our team was invited to perform at the annual Health Expo in Cypress, TX, at the Berry Center's main stage. The children were so pumped they recommended to have extra practices throughout the week. Our fifteen minute jump rope and dance routine was a success.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students were encouraged to voice their opinions about our routines. The colloboration of the many great ideas came together in harmony. The children were issued jump ropes to practice at home and many practices on their own during recess. It paid off!

How did you accomplish your goals?

The children were so hype to perform on the main stage in front of many peers and the community that they proposed to meet and practice more frequently throughout the week. We, the coaches, agreed and fulfilled their wishes. The parents assisted us too.

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

We, the coaches, plan to have a before-school fitness club that will enhance muscular and cardiovascular endurance. We will rotate children each grading period so we are able to reach out to more lives and improve their health and wellness.