RCPS Wildcats Walk to Afghanistan 2015-16
My son was deployed to Afghanistan in August 2013. As a way to support our soldiers, his FRAG leader thought some of the family members might want to try Walking to Afghanistan while our soldiers were away. Any time spent exercising would be converted to miles. I thought our school (Rabun County Primary School) may have students who have parents in Afghanistan and would like to participate as well. Our school has also wanted to implement a healthy initiative and I thought we could Walk to Afghanistan to support our troops and also support a healthy way of living. Student time in PE is calculated into miles. Faculty and Staff turn in miles each month. The student and staff miles are sent to my son's FRAG leader. I also post the miles in the gym. This mileage is shown as a pair of army boots moving on a road and in water (the boots have flippers) from Rabun County Primary to Afghanistan. This helps the students see their progress.
In the beginning the students had a hard time walking a mile and now they run a mile with no problems. The students encouraged each other to, "Come on and let's get our mile in for our troops." Coach encourages all our classes and staff as well. It was a little difficult at first for the students to calculate their activity time into miles. Our awesome students met the challenge with the help of their awesome teachers!
Our administrators, teachers, staff, students and community are all on board. One class earned the highest level in FUTP-60 and earned pedometers for his whole class. Several staff members have fit bit devices to track their steps.
The FRAG leader was very excited and happy with our act of kindness and show of support toward our troops. The students are having fun getting healthy while showing support to the troops. They love watching the boots move across the map esp. when flippers were put on the boots to travel across the water. FUN...FUN...FUN :)
We will again show our support to our troops and wellbeing of our students and staff by walking and swimming to Afghanistan in 2015-16. Go Wildcats!!!
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
In the beginning the students had a hard time walking a mile and now they run a mile with no problems. The students encouraged each other as well. It was a little difficult at first for the students to calculate their activity time into miles. Our awesome students met the challenge with the help of their awesome teachers! We also put together a graph chart for them to see the difference each month.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
I have seen the staff become more involved with the program this year. It gets better and better every year:) The Nutrition Director has also planned several taste test this year and been more involved. Farm to School has visited us several times and helped us with the Fuel Up and Shuck Corn Kickoff at the beginning of school. We are also planning on starting our own garden beds this spring!!
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