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Team Work Makes Us Successful

Jena Graham,   Hudson Elementary School
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Success with Funds
Team Work Makes Us Successful
As a team this year, we chose Breakfast for Everyone-First Meal Matters. We purchased a blender with an extra pitcher and wand. We worked with food services to incorporate smoothies as a breakfast option. Our Student Ambassadors tested out recipes and came up with their favorites. We want all students to have the opportunity to try some new smoothies, a breakfast option they may never have had before. Last year we did fruit tasting, which helped our students come up with different fruit options to try in the smoothies. For the physical activity play we chose Recess Refresh. We purchased a variety of playground equipment which included a new tetherball pole and had it installed. We also had lines painted on the playground for multiple 4-square and hopscotch games and basketball and tetherball courts. Our school worked with Recess Reboot last year, and our Ambassadors have kept great things going. Our Ambassadors have run pedometer challenges and helped with Reading Celebrations by setting up an obstacle course and providing a healthy snack. This program has done great things for our school and the students and staff in it.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our Student Ambassadors have made this a successful program for our school. They are more dedicated and have more leadership skills. They work well together. Stucents meet every week and are always working on our plays and trying to make our school a healthier, more active place. They go into classrooms to share information. They have great rapport with teachers and students and work together to get the job done.

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

Our school and community believe in this program and in our Student Ambassadors and Staff Advisors. We have shown them the great things that can come from this program. We have their support and it has been easy to keep working on our Plays. They are always willing to hear about our new ideas and do the things we want to try. Each year we are able to build on our previous success and ideas from the year before.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

This is our fourth year being a part of the program, and we have seen many improvements in our school and students. Students are eating healthie and being more active. They have really stepped up as leaders and are encouraging all students, staff, parents, and community members to eat right and get moving. They have had wonderful ideas and have worked together to make sure our plays are being met and that our school is making improvements for the better.