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We Will Walk!

Lindsay Yost,   Fort Lupton Middle School
Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
We Will Walk!

Our Play was Walk This Way! Start A Walking Club. The Walking Club was continued in 6th grade. We do this during recess. We are given a shoelace lanyard the first run and a token each time we walk around the whole school. Each recess we have more and more participation. Once we are done with the Walking Club, we see how many tokens we have in total. In the beginning, we started with two and everyday, more people would join. We would have 30-60 students consistently. We also added a weekly drawing. When our Student Council supervisor went off duty, the club decreased. Now each time we do this, there are only 3 or 4 kids. With no one to host, our numbers just keep decreasing. We always want to improve our Walking Club. We try to recruit more people on a constant basis. It is not that hard to join and all you need to do is walk in recess and you even get a reward.The 6th graders are pilots, and with them transferring into 7th grade this coming school year, we will do 7th and 6th grade. We will need at least 30 participants every time we incorporate this physical event in each day. This could help your body and muscles because walking and running are great forms of exercise. Not only is this helpful but it is also easy and fun to do. 

How did you accomplish your goals?

All it takes in one student to buy in! I started the Walking Club with only one student walking with me at lunch recess. The next day there were two more, and by the end of week 4, we were up to 50 students!

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

I started Walking Club with just the 6th grade this year. I opted to follow this class to 7th grade to continue the success!

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

The one challenge that we faced was that the 7th and 8th grade lunches did not get this program going. Next year, our leadership team will step up and recruit 7th and 8th grade teachers to help promote the club.