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Sugar Camp Winter Olympics 2018

Robin Lemoine,   Sugar Camp El
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Sugar Camp Winter Olympics 2018
On February 16th, the Fuel Up to Play 60 team along with the Sugar Camp student council held the 2018 Sugar Camp Winter Olympics. All students K-6 participated in multi-aged groups led by 6th grade leaders. Each team represented a different country of the world and competed in nine different events. The events included: Obstacle Course, Snow Sculptures, Biathlon, Luge (aka penguin race), Frisbee Curling, Ice Snakes, Hockey Shoot Out, Team Hula Hoop Pass, and Hot Cocoa/String Cheese Station (everyone's favorite). The afternoon began with our own "opening ceremony" and concluded with a medal ceremony including the playing of the gold medal winner's national anthem. China was the bronze medal winner. Belgium took silver, and the gold medal team was Hungary! The winning team proudly displayed their gold medal cheese necklaces for weeks after the event took place. Many weeks of planning and preparation went into making this event the success that it was. It was a great afternoon of fun and physical activity in the great outdoors. Win or lose, all of the students had a blast. It was a great way to ramp our recess!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our Fuel Up to Play 60 team and student council members met with our Program Advisors to plan this event. Each student was assigned a station and had to come up with a list of instructions for the adult leader who would "man" the station and a list of materials that would need to be gathered and provided at their station. Students and adults worked closely to accomplish this task. It was a real team effort!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Our students have learned to work well with students of all ages. They are caring and considerate of each other, and really "root each other on" when involved in an activity like this. We were so proud of their behavior and team spirit that afternoon, and this has carried over into regular recess time, as well.