Celebrating Active Students on a Hawaii Military Base
The majority of students at Mokapu Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii walk or ride bikes and scooters to school. Living on a military base with so many students walking and biking to school daily, the Fire Up Your Feet Fall Challenge was a perfect way to recognize and encourage the physical activity already taking place each day.
For many families, the walk or ride to school is a time to talk, connect, and start the day off right. PTA member, Natalie Brennan said, “It was great to see the kids smile and hand out high fives on their way to and from school. Just that little extra recognition helped the students have more pride in their daily routine.”
Mokapu Elementary is very familiar with Safe Routes to School. In the coming months, they plan to implement a walking school bus once a month. They hope to make their journey to school safer by using guides at busy crosswalks and intersections to promote safety from drivers and walkers.
The students were excited to log their activity with the paper trackers and loved seeing how active they really are. They designed "pledge" forms for the students and the students signed them to pledge their commitment to the program. They had a huge return on them and it was a great way to build excitement around the Fire Up Your Feet challenge. Teachers were happy to collect the paper trackers from the students as well as track their own activity. They also implemented a morning PT session with the Marines for some extra activity before school.
Fire Up Your Feet helped Mokapu Elementary emphasize the importance of staying active and learning to recognize all accomplishments, big or small.