Going Big at Haiku Elementary
Haiku Elementary in Haiku, Hawaii is always looking for ways to stay active and keep moving. This fall’s Fire Up Your Feet Challenge was their third challenge and they wanted to go big! To kick it off, they used the prize money they won in the last challenge to buy pedometers. They held a color run using the new pedometers as they ran around the field to track how many steps it took to run a lap, and on September 30, every grade ran 20 minutes around the field.
The fun and learning continued with the pedometers with two grades at a time wearing them for a day to track how many steps they took each day. Students guessed how much they thought they walked and then compared their guesses to the actual steps they took and how many they should take on a daily basis.
Haiku students got creative with their challenge by producing a schoolwide morning broadcast for five to ten minutes each morning, so the entire school could exercise together over the intercom. In addition to the morning exercises, they incorporated an all-day wellness day into the Fire Up Your Feet challenge. 30 parents and community members came into the school to help the students explore what wellness means outside the classroom. They were able to focus time on subjects related to physical activity, nutrition and overall wellness. Examples of activities and learning experiences include the following: a yoga class, a CPR class with an AED machine, Jiu-Jitsu, Indian dance, germ city, gut health, and a presentation on sugar from Kaiser Permanente.
Only 30-40 students walk to school at Haiku due to its rural location without many sidewalks. There are community groups working hard to try and get more sidewalks installed so that more students can walk and bike safely to school.
Parent-Community Network Center Coordinator Maile Davis said, “Fire Up Your Feet made it fun and helped the students focus on the things they were already doing and to look for ways to incorporate physical activity even more.”