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Thorson FUTP 60 Gets Kids Mooving and Grooving

Patty Kestell,   Thorson El
All In, All Abilities — Activate Your School!
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Thorson FUTP 60 Gets Kids Mooving and Grooving
This FUTP 60 physical activity project has been a labor of love and a total team effort on the part of the Thorson FUTP 60 team this year. The All In, All Abilities was the perfect Play for us to do this year, since it gave us a chance to put together “Take Home Physical Activity Bags” for students to use to be active at home and a chance to participate with their families. Thorson has been undergoing major construction renovations this year, so our playground space has been severely limited due to the construction crew re-grading our grass space. It is great to know that students are getting physical activity items to play with that allow them to be active before or after school. We currently have twelve physical activity bags going home with students each week. We love this FUTP 60 play because it will be one we can continue adding on to in the coming years. We really appreciate the opportunity that the grant provided us to start this program!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our FUTP 60 team brainstormed what equipment they wanted to put into the bags, and talked about size, durability and cost of each of the items, and the type of bags that we should purchase. FUTP 60 PA Bag items were purchased, baggage labels made for each bag, and our FUTP 60 students labeled, sorted, and pumped up all of the equipment. They put together a fun fitness folder as well. Four of our FUTP 60 Student Ambassadors have helped get the bags ready to send out to new students each week.

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

When students returned their bags to my PE office the first week, I was not always there when they dropped them off. There were a few items missing from the bags, which was unexpected since we had gone over procedures for returning ALL items on the equipment list. We now place their names inside the folders, and ask them to leave the name in there when they return it. It has helped greatly with the organization of our FUTP 60 PA Bag program each week.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students have shared excitement in having their name picked to bring a FUTP 60 bag home, and have enjoyed sharing with me in PE class and throughout the school day what they enjoyed playing there. Several students have been excited when a sibling has gotten to take a bag home, because that meant they could use it together. Multiple parents have shared that they enjoyed using the equipment and doing the fitness activities together.