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Sweeny Jr. High's Success with FUTP 60

By
Tenesha Britton,   Sweeny J H
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Sweeny Jr. High received the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant this past spring semester. With this grant, we were able to purchase smoothie machines, yogurt parfait machines, agility blocks, plyo-boxes, and aerobic steps. It was absolutely amazing having all of these items. The students, along with the staff, have really enjoyed eating breakfast in the cafeteria since having these items. Our breakfast counts have gone up, along with the excitement about eating breakfast. Furthermore, the amount of food that gets thrown away instead of eaten, has started to decline. This program has truly been a blessing to our school and we are so very thankful to have been awarded this grant. This is something that we will definitely continue to build upon in the future.

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

I used the kickoff event as a way to get the entire school participating and excited. I gave away tickets to everyone who ate breakfast in the cafeteria prior to the event. At the actual kickoff event, I put all of the tickets into a drawing and gave away awesome prizes. We also did obstacle course races with new equipment. Everyone started to show more and more excitement about eating smoothies and yogurt parfaits. I have no doubt the excitement will continue throughout this next year.

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

One obstacle that we faced was finding the right blends and recipes for the smoothies. The very first one that we tried, the kids didn’t like. So, we decided to go to the student body, the teachers, and the cafeteria staff to find a solution. Through teamwork, we got it all sorted out and now the kids love them all.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

One example, is that the students now enjoy eating the smoothies and yogurt parfaits. It has increased our breakfast counts and we have slowly started to see a decrease in the amount of food thrown away. Another example is on the PE side. We started to used the aerobic steps in an aerobic step workout. The kids were slowly starting to enjoy it. It was something different that they had not ever experienced before. They were actually starting to request that we do it at least 2-3 times a week.