Reading & Wellness
- Melissa Powell, Okeene Es
- Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Student Leadership, Teamwork
At our elementary school all students participated in a reading marathon. Students were encouraged to wear comfy clothes, bring pillows, and READ, READ, READ! Community volunteers and high school sports team players came up to help read with our pre-1 through second grade students. We also had a surprise visit from Pistol Pete, the mascot for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. During our 2-hour reading marathon, students could purchase snacks and drinks, and all proceeds go toward matching funds for purchasing new playground equipment. In the past, the snacks have been chips, pop, cookies, ect. This year, to help promote healthy food choices, we offered fresh fruits, whole grain crackers, dried fruits, low-fat cheese sticks and yogurts, 100% juice, and water. The kids and helpers loved the snacks! All the fresh fruits and low-fat dairy snacks were snatched up quickly. We look forward to holding another event in the spring and continue to advocate for healthy choices and activity in school and at home!