Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Teamwork, Other
At Rogers Elementary School we participated in the FUTP 60 Spirit Week Kick off just before winter break in December. We divided up the days between healthy eating and physical activity which we called fitness. As a team, we brainstormed ideas for each day focusing on healthy eating and fitness (physical activity). We came up with 12 different ideas for each day of the week, six for healthy eating and six for promoting physical activity through a fitness challenge. We narrowed the days down to 5 by taking a team vote and together we made posters and hung them all over the school to promote health and fitness week. Monday - Zero Sugar Day. Zero Sugar Day encouraged all students at school and teachers to avoid consuming sugar (Ex. No Pop, No Candy, No Sweets). Tuesday - Tune-up Day. Tune-up Day was chosen to get the school active for 60 minutes by listening to music while exercising (Ex. In physical education class we listened to music while participating in fitness stations). Wednesday - Buddy Day. Buddy Day was another fitness challenge designed to encourage students to work out with a friend for 60 minutes (Ex. Teachers even went to the gym together after work, which was a cool way to get the staff involved). Thursday - Dairy Day. The goal for dairy day was to encourage students to consume three servings of dairy (Ex. Students were making sure they were drinking milk and during lunch time to reach the goal of three servings by the end of the day). We almost ran out of milk cartons because the students consumed a lot of milk that day. Friday - Play Ball Day. To promote play ball day the students were challenged to play ball with a group of friends for 60 minutes (Ex. Students brought extra soccer balls and footballs from home to use with each other during recess). Overall, the health and fitness week went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time promoting it.. I am excited to try this again next year with my students and see what clever ideas they come up with next.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
We brainstormed ideas and created the Spirit Week health and fitness challenges together in the classroom.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
The only challenge we really faced was the weather. It got colder towards the end of the week, but students persevered and finished the week strong. I saw a lot of student involvement.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
As mentioned in the Success Story, the students enjoyed the challenge. Next year during health and fitness spirit week we will brainstorm new challenges to motivate the school to eat health and exercise.
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