Emerald lands grant
MANISTIQUE – Emerald Elementary School has been awarded a $3,800 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity for Emerald students and families. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, to combat childhood obesity.
The Wellness Team at Emerald Elementary will be implementing several nutrition and physical activity plays throughout the 2012- 13 school year, including:
Indoor gardens for the fifth grade classrooms: The students in Stacey Morrison’s and Deanna Barton’s classes will be planting and growing ingredients for a healthy pizza party at the end of the school year.
After school “ZumbAtomic” program: In addition to the 45 minutes of physical activity, participating students will receive a healthy snack at the end of their workout. The team of more than 50 second, third, fourth, and fifth graders will be performing during half-time at the boys JV basketball game on Dec. 7 (sometime between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m.). The Zumbatomics program is being lead by Zumba instructor and Emerald Music/Art Teacher Christi Ryan.
An after school walking program: The program will be two days per week (45 minutes each session) for six weeks at the school beginning January. Weather will determine if the walking will be inside or outside the school. Mrs. Morrison and Ms. Barton will lead the way for the walking program, and healthy snacks will be provided.
A Grab ’N Go Recess program: A bag used to incorporate more small group physical activity options with new games for the kids to choose during recess time. Plans are to also include game bags for families to checkout from the Manistique Public Library.
Installation of a tetherball pole on the playground, and the painting of several game “boards” on the basketball court area, including: four-square and hopscotch.
“This grant is a wonderful opportunity for all Emerald students and families to practice healthy behaviors together,” said Chris Marana, physical education teacher and wellness team coordinator at Emerald. “It also is providing our fifth grade students with lessons and practices in agriculture and to be healthy role models in the school.”
The goal of Fuel Up to Play 60 is to help students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. The ultimate goal is to ensure changes made at school are sustainable and that they complement an academicsfocused environment.
“With the money from the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant, we want to create systems and environmental changes that make it easier for kids at Emerald to be physically active and to make healthy food choices,” explained Kerry Ott, Manistique coordinator with the Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health Project. “We are also incorporating ways to include families in these changes, because the best way to build healthy, lifelong habits is if the schools, families, and the community are all working together.”
For more information about the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, visit FuelUptoPlay60.com.