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Robust Recess

By
Matt Serr,   Elton Hills Elementary School
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Topics:
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Robust Recess

Our Physical Activity Play this year is Ramp Up For Recess so we wanted to establish activities for all students at recess. With the funds from Fuel Up To Play 60, we were able to purchase a large recess cart wagon, footballs, basketballs, playground balls, jump ropes, Frisbees, and hula hoops. In addition, I brought my lawn mower to school and mowed a football field and baseball field really short. I then painted white lines for boundaries and first down markers and foul lines for the baseball field. Students are craving Flag Football and baseball now. In comparison to last year, students are much more active at recess. Every student is now able to reach into the wagon to get a ball. Last year, we had an old cart that was between 3 and 4 feet tall and students would have to tip the whole thing over just to get equipment out of it. We are very fortunate to be able to offer a variety of activities at recess this year. With the addition of our recess activities, we have reduced our behavior office referrals by 60% in comparison to last year! I think we can contribute a large part of that to keeping kids more active at recess. When students are more active, they don’t argue or fight as much, they are more focused in the classroom, and they are put in situations that improve their social skills. We are excited about the success we’ve had with our Ramp Up For Recess Play and plan to continue making it a positive, healthy experience for students!

How did you accomplish your goals?

We wanted students to play Flag Football on the grass field instead of on the pavement. I brought my lawn mower and mowed a football field and baseball field. Both activities have been very successful at recess!

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

Keep coming up with new activities or new games to play at recess that excite the students. My Fuel Up To Play 60 Team is working on some activities for recess during our snowy winter here.