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Team Works Together to Plan Fun Night

By
Therese Anfield,   John Tibbott Elementary School
Play:
Community Playtime – It’s Good for Everyone
Topics:
Community Involvement, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Team Works Together to Plan Fun Night
This has been a very successful year for our school. Much of the thanks and reason goes to the generous award of $500 from the Midwest Dairy Council, who has enabled our Fuel Up to Play 60 Team to double in size! The award allowed us to use some of the money to purchase “team” shirts which the students proudly wear to our meetings and throughout the school year. The attention that it has brought to our school has made a big difference advancing our message of eating healthy and enhancing health and wellness in our school. The money has also allowed us to successfully plan a Family Fitness & Health Night coming April 4 at our school, along with community involvement. High school students from the National Honor Society have volunteered to assist our students and parents at the activity stations and informational tables. We have representatives from yoga and martial arts studios coming to offer demonstrations to the students and their families. We have informational tables highlighting Midwest Dairy Council and Will County Health Department as well as nutritional snacks from the Valley View Nutritional Services. Activity stations for the families to enjoy include Football Throw, Basketball Pop a Shot, Dance, Scooter Races, Jump Rope, Hula Hoops. The Fuel Up to Play 60 team has been so enthusiastic this year about getting their messages out around the school through morning announcements and displaying posters throughout the year. They are already talking about some ideas for “Plays” for next year. I am so grateful for the monetary reward that Midwest Dairy Council has bestowed on our team and program. Using some of this money to buy shirts for students at our low income school was just the beginning in involving 33 students who now have blossomed throughout the year into true student leaders. This is a success story to me because the money helped bring awareness to our school right away with the team coming together and being proud to be part of the spirit of health and wellness. We are really looking forward to using the rest of the money to have a great Family Fitness & Health Night on April 4th.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and parents volunteered their time to assist at activity stations and informational tables at our upcoming Family Fitness & Health Night on April 4....more pictures to come after event!!!

How did you accomplish your goals?

Students met once a month, and sometimes twice a month, planning the event, making posters, announcements at school and promoting the event throughout the school to the individual classrooms.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

So much pride and school spirit in the 33 members of the Fuel Up to Play 60 team! They constantly ask when we get to meet again and are so interested in the purpose of the eating healthy and staying active message that is the essence of the team. Their enthusiasm has grown greatly this year and other students are asking to join the group next year!