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Student Referees Keep Kids Moving

Laura Spradlin,   La Quinta Middle School
Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Student Referees Keep Kids Moving

La Quinta Middle School's Fuel Up to Play 60 Team runs daily tournaments during lunch. Tournaments include football, wiffle ball, soccer, basketball, field hockey, and volleyball. The team schedules the tournament brackets, makes daily announcements, sets up the fields, issues equipment, and referees the games. They even conclude each tournament with an awards ceremony. Way to go LQMS kids!

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

The student team will run the tournaments all year long during lunch. Each sport lasts about four weeks.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students are active during lunch instead of wandering around the campus without a purpose. School spirit has improved and overall student behavior has improved. Most importantly, students are engaged in activity.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Staff and students worked together. Teachers and staff members lent their names to the student teams. This helped generate some friendly rivalries as the principal's team would play against the math teacher's team, etc.