Bennett Elementary Jumps in to Fuel Up to Play 60
In November 2014 Bennett Elementary School in Jackson, Michigan received their first Fuel Up to Play 60 grant through the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. With the aid of the $1,000 grant, and the leadership of staff and student captains, Bennett Elementary has made great strides in educating students and staff alike about the importance of healthy eating and exercising for at least 60 minutes a day.
Through the grant, student captains created and placed a bulletin board outside their school cafeteria that highlights different healthy foods every month. The bulletin board also offers recipes for students and staff to take home and share with their families, continuing their healthy habits outside of school. In the cafeteria, students are offered incentives for choosing the highlighted healthy food of the month when going through the lunch line.
In addition to promoting healthy eating habits, the Fuel Up to Play 60 program also emphasizes the importance of physical activity, encouraging students to create “Plays” that get them up and moving throughout the day. The 17 4th and 5th grade student leaders at Bennett Elementary incorporated their “Plays” with their In-Class Physical Activity Breaks. During these breaks, student captains teach each classroom in the K-5 school a new physical activity every month, making sure all 389 students understand the importance of being active every day.
Three student captains and Bennett Elementary principal Jacquelyn Brock were recently featured on Jackson TV’s Bart Hawley show, talking about the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and how it has impacted their school. Principal Brock also spoke to how educators have seen a vast improvement in the student captains’ behavior and grades since becoming part of the program.
For more information on the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and to get your school involved, click here.