Waihee Elementary School Dances to Fire Up Your Feet Victory
When a group of teachers at Waihee Elementary School in Wailuku, Hawaii, took a health and wellness class and learned about Fire Up Your Feet, they knew it would be a great fit. Students at Waihee were already enthusiastic about team sports like basketball and flag football, and the teachers had recently gotten into tracking steps with pedometers. Plus, the school celebrates May Day each year with a big dance celebration and practices dancing an hour each day leading up to the big event.
“During the health and wellness class, we were reminded of the importance of physical activity and how it affects student learning,” said Cherie Serrano, 5th grade Special Education Teacher, who coordinated Fire Up Your Feet activities during the Spring Challenge. “When Fire Up Your Feet came up, I thought, ‘This is perfect, since we have so much physical activity we’re already doing.’ I signed up right then and there, then came back to the school and set up all the teachers with the login so they could help track activity.”
During the Challenge, students tracked basketball practice and games, classroom activities, walking and running, and dance practice. “The challenge helped us to become more aware of integrating physical activity into our daily classroom routines. We also enjoyed the fact that we were working together toward a common goal, as well as doing something positive for ourselves,” said Ms. Serrano.
It was Waihee’s first year of participating in the Challenge, and their hard work paid off. They won the Activity All-Star Award for having the most minutes of activity logged, as well as Rookie of the Year award. The two awards totaled $1,000, and the school plans to use the award money to purchase new flag football and PE equipment.
“The students were so excited about winning an award!” said Ms. Serrano.