Rogers Kicks Off with a First Place Parade
- Kathy Beezley, Rogers Middle School
- Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Teamwork
The Rogers Middle School FUTP 60 committee was asked by our principal to walk in the Affton Community Days Parade. Walking is fun, but if you’re going to do something, make it big and fun. The theme this year was “play ball”...no better way to encourage students, parents, and community members to increase exercise than to play ball.
We also wanted to recognize our FUTP 60 Missouri State Ambassador, our dance team, cheerleaders, football and soccer players, and other students. We want the community to realize that we are proud to be a FUTP 60 school and that it means a lot to our kids. We strive to help our students stay healthy. We wanted to promote wellness and our Fuel Up to Play 60 committment.
Students, administrators and staff walked for two miles (adding them to their 100 mile race statistics) handing out trinket balls and pencils. Using the music on our float, our dance team and cheerleaders kept the crowd entertained and dancing. We used huge beach balls of different colors, and with the art teacher’s help, students painted them to look like a baseball, soccerball, tennis, volleyball, softball, and basketball. We made a football, of course, and it was “floating” through the goal post. Teachers were asked for their favorite sports movie quotes and students made posters to carry in the parade. We asked the shop teacher to help, and he, along with FUTP committee members, built the football. Students in art classes helped to pomp the chicken wire football. Other teachers and staff helped with construction, ideas, and time. Our administrators, staff, dance team, cheerleaders, athletes and students enjoyed a great annual community event that showcased our FUTP 60 team and earned a first place trophy for our efforts.