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Sunny's Road to Super Bowl 52

By
Stephanie Fencl,   Coon Valley El
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Sunny's Road to Super Bowl 52
At Coon Valley Elementary School, students walked, jogged, ran, and sprinted on “Sunny’s Road to Super Bowl 52”! We mapped out a ¼ mile path on our playground and started a weekly recess walking/running club. Fuel Up to Play 60 leaders (the fourth grade class) invited the whole school to participate during 1st and 3rd recess one day per week! Participants received a punch card and got a punch on their card for each lap they completed on the path. Each time a student completed an entire punch card (8 punches = 2 miles), they received a shoe token for their hard work. We then used the completed punch cards to count up our mileage each week and fill in our mileage poster in the gym. This activity was so successful and kids got so involved that we started a 10K and Half Marathon Wall of Fame in our gym to recognize the hard work of kids who had completed so many miles on the path!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students were very motivated to walk and accumulate miles to "get to the Superbowl"! From kindergarten to fourth grade, students of all ages in our school worked as a team to get moving to earn miles for the challenge. Additionally, our outstanding staff of teachers and support staff took time out of their busy schedules to organize the all-school walk on one of the few warm days in January in Wisconsin! Everyone was working together toward this common goal.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We mapped out a ¼ mile path on our playground and started a weekly recess walking/running club. Fuel Up to Play 60 leaders (the fourth grade class) invited the whole school to participate during 1st and 3rd recess one day per week! Participants received a punch card and got a punch on their card for each lap they completed on the path. We used the completed punch cards to count up our mileage each week and fill in our mileage poster in the gym.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Perhaps our most difficult challenge was competing with harsh Wisconsin weather. After an entire week of sub-zero temperatures, our students and staff joined together to come up with challenges to get kids moving during indoor recess such as walking the halls and using pedometers in PE. When we finally got out of the deep freeze of temperatures, the whole school participated in an all-school walk on a sunny afternoon to get moving and catch up on time lost spent indoors!