Cloverdale started with the Fuel Up to Play 60 program 3 years ago. During our first year, the students at Cloverdale hadn’t quite bought into Fuel Up to Play 60. We had around 15 students who did the work to become Ambassadors and we were able to take these students to meet with the Seahawks over at Idaho State University. It was a fun experiences that they brought back to Cloverdale and shared with other students. We were able to update old PE equipment from the grant received and students were able to see that improvement.
The second year at Cloverdale, students were more involved. We started an after school program where students would be able to come 2 times a month and have a healthy snack and do some exercising for 60 minutes. This motivated many students to do the work involved to become Ambassadors. We doubled our participation and parents started asking more about the program and were beginning to get more involved. We were able to get items for our field, such as bases for our baseball diamond, new soccer goals and new basketball back boards and nets. The community started noticing that Cloverdale was caring about a healthy lifestyle.
This year, we have had a ton of success with Fuel Up to Play 60 with students, staff, and parents. I have more parents involved than I have in past years. Parents are asking more questions about Fuel Up to Play 60. I have four times the number of students who are actively involved than previous years and the staff is very supportive. With our funding, we are putting a Frisbee golf course up in the field area which will bring in the community and others to Cloverdale.
I am excited about the growth of Cloverdale with Fuel Up to Play 60 and look forward to all of the Success Stories that will come from continuing to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
Students and adults at Cloverdale are working together to live healthy lifestyles. They encourage each other to complete challenges and talk about success on Fuel Up to Play 60 and the challenges they are working on.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
I have seen a huge improvement in students wanting to make healthier choices when it comes to snacks, as well as the activity that they have during recess time. Students are wanting to be healthy.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
At Cloverdale, we face a lot of income and home challenges. Students are unmotivated for everything most of the time. It has been so good to see that the home life and school life can become one in a positive way with Fuel Up to Play 60, including student leadership roles and becoming an Ambassador.