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Wagar Keeps Growing

Joseph Taranto,   Wagar Junior High School
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
When I was transferred to Wagar Middle School this year I knew I wanted to introduce Fuel Up to Play 60 to the students. I was approved to get a team together for the 5th grade and when the students heard about it the reaction was...ehh. Out of 160 students I had 6 sign up to be on the leadership team. I was not discouraged because these were some of the best students I have worked with and they were born leaders. Week by week they were promoting the brand and with that my applications for membership also grew. To be on the leadership team students not only have to show that they promote a healthy lifestyle but must maintain their grades too. They know that to be a student leader they have to put the student first. As of April 1, 2017 our numbers have grown from 6 in September to 32! According to one of the newest team leaders, "it is more rewarding to be a leader than a follower." Not only has the program been a success, but now the administration wants to add grades 6-8 next year.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The teachers invite some of the leadership team into their classroom 2-3 days a week during Advisory to lead a physical activity for their class. They give the team full control of the class and the team shines each week getting their classmates to get active and stay active.