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Zombie 5K

By
Maryellen Wagener,   Niagara El
Play:
Recess Refresh — It's Not so Elementary!
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
This year we held a Zombie 5K the day after Halloween. We held it during the whole 2nd half of the school day. Our students brought in make up and zombie attire and prepared themselves for 6th hour. Then we set out to run and/or walk the Zombie 5K. Students also carried a flag with them that was their "vital organs." They could steal those flags from other players and if you finished the race without your flag you were considered "infected." After the race we broke up into stations which included using our Smoothie Bike, capture the pumpkin (a rendition of capture the flag), ghosts in the graveyard, bobbing for apples, and toilet paper dodge ball. The event was a huge success and got students in our school exercising for the whole second half of the day and rewarded them with healthy snacks!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students met a few days a week during lunch and brainstormed ideas. As I listened to the ideas, I questioned students and challenged them to think of any obstacles we might face. They did an excellent job thinking like a teacher and planning the event.