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Running with Confidence

Michael Latinette,   Ruben Dario Middle School
Student Leadership

Since the introduction of Fuel Up to Play 60 I have noticed a few changes in behavior among some of the students. Participating in the running challenge has introduced a new activity or group. A few of the runners now have formed a sort of running club. Informally, they have decided not to start until everyone in the group has shown up for the morning exercise or mile run. Friendships have been created and confidence has improved.

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

My principal and staff have been very supportive. In the cafeteria, the time that students are allowed to eat breakfast has been a little more relaxed to ensure as many kids as possible. My principal has worked with our Community school to help provide security/supervision for student participants to play on the courts and field before school. Funding is a necessary part of breakfast and exercise in school.

How did you accomplish your goals?

By introducing new sports to some of the student participants. Energy levels were kept high and interest continued week after week. Many participants discuss the new sports and talk of playing on the weekends.