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Too Much for One Story!

Bridgit Spielman,   Central School
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
At Central School we made massive progress towards a healthier school environment this year with the support of Fuel Up to Play 60, our student leadership team, our staff and Building Healthy Communities of Michigan. From Healthy Tips of the Day from the principal, farm to table activities, fruit and vegetable "try something new Tuesdays" to Marathon Kids, Girls on the Run, Feelin' Good Mileage Club, and the after school healthy kids club, we have worked to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into all parts of the day. All teachers utilize brain breaks that incorporate physical activity, we have daily extra recess supported by an active recess cart, and our Student Leadership Team has coordinated Zumba Kids Day, and planted a vegetable garden. Our staff has shined this year as well in improving their own health and wellness. They have participated in staff challenges, ran and walked with their students, and supported our Marathon Kids coach as she ran the Boston Marathon this year by tracking her progress in their classrooms the day of the race. We are so thankful to our Building Healthy Communities coordinator for all of the healthy eating lessons that she taught our students and the support she gave to us as we embarked on adding so many new events.

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

We have embarked on so much this year that there is no stopping now. We have created leaders and active participants in our student body who wouldn't let us discontinue any of these programs. After year one being such a success we expect year two to be even better. We have learned lessons along the way and are seeking out grants and funding to support our afterschool programs and club. 2015-16 was great, 2016-17 will be better!