No Internet! No Problem!
At Morrow Elementary, a suburban elementary school outside of Atlanta where 100% of the students qualify for free or reduced school lunch, PE teacher Teresa Wheeler was determined not to let a lack of access to Internet and technology be a barrier to her students participating in the Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge.
Wheeler provided all of her students with paper activity logs so students could keep track of their individual activity. The students took pride in logging all the details about how they were active each day. Staff also joined in the Challenge by completing their own activity logs.
“It was neat to see how the students were active outside of school hours,” said Wheeler. “Many students’ activity logs included activities like ‘Took a walk with mom and dad’ or ‘Played catch with grandpa.’ It goes to show how being active as a family is an important part of our students’ lives.”
After the students submitted their logs, Wheeler sat down at the computer and used the coordinator tracker to enter all of the activity online. “If students take time to write it, I’ll take time to track it,” she said.
The teamwork paid off. Morrow Elementary won the first place Fire Up Your Feet award for the Metro Atlanta region, bringing home a total of $1300 in awards.
The school plans to use the award money to purchase new PE equipment, starting with soccer goals. “The students have been playing soccer on the blacktop at recess, so I’d like to purchase goals we can set up on the field so they can start playing on the grass.”