Lafayette Elementary School PTA Rises to the Challenge
Congratulations to Lafayette Elementary on winning a $5,000 Northern California First Place Award during the 2015 Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge. Fire Up Your Feet is a core program of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership that helps students, staff and parents get 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Last spring, more than 100 California schools competed to win awards to support school physical activity and wellness programs. Participants kept track of their physical activity during the month-long challenge using the Fire Up Your Feet online activity tracker.
Lafayette and its PTA aim for "energy balance": A healthy amount of exercise to balance the hopefully nutritious options that are consumed both at home and at school. Participating in the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge enabled them to achieve this balance in a fun and unique way. Lafayette PTA’s 1st Vice President for Membership David Wickizer galvanized Fire Up Your Feet participation at the school. According to Wickizer, while the school was already quite focused on all things active and healthy, it was fun to see members of the faculty and the PTA get creative when it came to implementing activities that would mesh with the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge. Being a school that had never participated before, there were a lot of questions right at the very start; however, this was matched with more enthusiasm for participating than he could have ever hoped for.
For example, the annual spring carnival was held during the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge. While the carnival did have many of things you would expect to find at a carnival -- like fun, food, and prizes -- it was also very different. There were six free carnival activities available to anyone in attendance, with their sole purpose being to get kids active while they had fun. Two of these activities were a banana bicycle chalk track and the smoothie bike.
Students, staff, the PTA board and community members ROCKED it by trying to find a way to implement more activity into their daily routine, which also made the school more cognizant of the activities children had at their disposal on the playground, like tricycles available to kindergartners. The school is planning on using its $5,000 award to continue providing healthy food options at family fun events, expanding the school running club, purchasing fitness-related incentives and holding special health and fitness events this fall.
Lafayette is Fired Up to participate again this fall and your school is invited to participate as well. The Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge will take place between October 1-31. Mark your calendars and register for the Challenge to learn more about the opportunity to win awards that help support programs to keep kids healthy and active in your school.