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RALC Kickoff

By
Amy Petersilie,   Alternative Learning Center - Rochester
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds, Teamwork,  Other
RALC Kickoff

This year for our Kickoff, we decided to pull in our Farm to School Play. We worked with our student nutrition services and our district chef to come up with a kale/strawberry smoothie and a garden vegetable salad. They then served this during our lunches as a taste test of this year's garden. During our lunches, our FUTP 60 Ambassadors were at a FUTP 60 table sharing our school successes, this year's Plays, our team, encouraging others to be active for 60 minutes each day and eating healthy, and asking others to join our team. 

We also got our community involved with the National Guard. They brought out their rock climbing wall and were able to allow students to face their fears, challenge the students by time/skill level or challenge each other on the wall. Our Kickoff highlighted all aspects of FUTP 60 with nutrition, dairy, and fitness and was student-led. It was a huge success.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students helped decide what we should do for the Kickoff, helped set up the tables, and were the driving force during the activity. They were encouraging other students to try the foods and the rock wall, and were really explaining the program.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our goal was to make our students more open to nutritious foods and exercise while educating them about the FUTP 60 program. We believe we were able to do that in a fun and non-disruptive manner in regards to the rest of the school day.

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

Our greatest challenge was the weather. We were not sure what produce was going to be available due to some frost the week before the Kickoff. We also were projected rain the day of the Kickoff (which held off), but that would have cancelled the rock wall.