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Stepping Up to Fuel Up to Play 60

Elizabeth Canuas,   Justine Spitalny Elementary School
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Stepping Up to Fuel Up to Play 60

On Wednesday, October 5th, Spitalny School celebrated National Walk To School Day. Our students, families, district representatives, community members, and our very own Rory, the Tiger Mascot, all met bright and early in the morning at a nearby local park. Mayor Greg Stanton was our special guest and he led the walk from the park to Spitalny School, followed by our 65 Fuel Up To Play 60 student team members. In addition, these amazing team members created a tunnel to greet our other special guest, Big Red, from the Arizona Cardinals. Next, we had our Fuel Up To Play 60 Kick Off Assembly in which we showed off our dancing skills to the tune of "The Cupid Shuffle." Who new that Mayor Stanton and Big Red had such amazing dancing skills? Following this assembly, we promoted the importance of being physically active by having 7 stations that involved some form of physical movement such as an obstacle course and a football relay. In addition, we had the wonderful support of The University Of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension office. They contributed to our stations with their Arteries and Veins and a parachute station. Also, they had 100% fruit and vegetable juice samples for all of our students. Finally, the grand finale was a Blender Bike, in which students peddled their way to a healthy lifestyle as they were creating a smoothie at the same time. Our Kick Off Assembly was a huge success as we not only promoted the importance of eating healthy and being physically active and a great time was had by all!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our planning began a month before the event. The students and advisors determined which stations would be fun and engaging. They created signs promoting the importance of being physically active, eating healthy and walking safely to school. On the day of our event, the FUTP 60 Team ran the stations. The outcome of our successful day was not only promoting the importance of being physically active and eating healthy but also the importance of working together as a team to accomplish a goal!