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Recess Revamped!

Jordan Ives,   Polson Middle School
Physical Activity Participation,  Success with Funds
Recess Revamped!

At our middle school, there was nothing to do on the playground. To make recess a more active, fun place for students, we applied for Funds for the Ramp Up for Recess Play. With the money from the grant, we purchased a variety of equipment for the playground such as volleyballs, footballs, lawn games, basketballs, and jump ropes. We also put a volleyball net up on the playground. For our Kickoff event, we had different stations for the students to rotate through with games using the new playground equipment. Since the introduction of the new equipment onto the playground, our recess time has become a more vibrant, active time of the day for our students. Thank you so much for this opportunity FUTP 60!!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I have started a FUTP 60 club which meets about once a month to plan ways to make our school healthier. Together, we decided that our recess time was something that needed to be revamped, and figured out how to spend the funding. Then, we planned the Kickoff event to introduce the equipment to the rest of the school.

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

Now that the equipment is out on the playground, the question is will the students take care of it or will it be lost and of no use for next year? My FUTP 60 team is tasked to sweep the playground and help bring in equipment that is left out so that we can enjoy this privilege for years to come.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Now that the students have something to do, they have become much more active during recess. During previous recess duties, I noticed that the students would just stand in groups and talk. Now, I have observed that when they go out to recess, the majority will grab a ball or another piece of equipment for some recess playtime.