Student athletes from the high school and middle school joined students at Glendaal to kick off another year of Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) activities.
FUTP 60 is the in-school nutrition and physical activity program founded by National Dairy Council® (NDC), the National Football League and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This program focuses on promoting healthier eating for children and increased physical activity of at least 60 minutes daily.
In addition, the school officially received the ING Run for Something Better grant to fund activities for the running club. Mary Lille, regional director for ING, and Tom Crowley, registered representative for ING, were at the assembly to present the check and a plaque to the school.
Physical education teacher Carol Atkins, a member of the FUTP 60 school team, said that 24 of the 67 students in the grades 3-5 running club will participate this Sunday in the Duck Pond Run in Schenectady's Central Park. The mile-long run is part of the larger Daily Gazette Stockade-athon being held Sunday.
Principal Thomas Eagan, who like other staff members wore blue t-shirts with Fuel Up to Play 60 on them, talked about the need to eat breakfast with Fireball, the school's mascot, at the beginning of the program.
Teacher Leanna Leffler introduced the 28 student athletes and teacher Gina Brown assisted while students asked the athletes questions and answers. Both teachers are members of the FUTP 60 school team.
The student athletes and students also participated in a few 'warm up' exercises.
These high school and middle school students attended the assembly: Kevin Bekkering, Megan Clune, Sara Duane, Ashley Forshey, Robert Ganley, Molly Kalasinski, David Kirsher, Amanda Kot, Grace Marola, Jessica Pajak, Alison Packer, Skylar Plemenik, Sierra Plenenik, Damion Smith, Morgan Bailey, Emily Rosenberg, Taylor Cooper, Ryan Bellamy, Sam Carmola, Renee Casey, Sophie Constantino, Kayleigh Denney, Kayleigh Miles, Jena Samson, Taylor Santabarbara, Julia Sullivan, Vanessa Walker, Cara Zanta and Dan Zeglen.
Among the questions asked by the Glendaal students of the student athletes, many of whom participated in multiple sports such as soccer, field hockey, cross country, dance and others:
What do you drink to stay healthy?
Orange juice, Gatorade, water, milk and chocolate milk
Did you start playing sports while in
Virtually all of the athletes said they began their sports careers early, typically with local community sports organizations like Highland Soccer and Pop Warner football.
What do you eat before playing your
sport for energy?
Pasta before a game, meat, peanut butter and fish for protein, bananas
What do you eat for breakfast?
Bagel with peanut butter, eggs, pancakes
Do you always eat breakfast?
Virtually every athlete said they ate breakfast every day.
Will you play sports in college?
Virtually every athlete said they planned to play sports in college.
When do you exercise?
Athletes talked about using the high school fitness center after school and of having two- and three-hour practices everyday as their forms of exercise.
Trish Roeser, also a member of the FUTP 60 school team, announced the names of the 21 students who will work with the FUTP 60 team to develop activities during the year. These students will meet monthly with the team:
Grade 1: Patrick Celella and Nathaniel Perkins
Grade 2: Cassie Cenzano, Eric Robar, Alexa Lotano and Patrick Allen
Grade 3: Jordan Manocchi, Reena Lubowski, Billy Steward, Lucas McKenzie, Sadie Chaffin and Lucas Dempsey
Grade 4: Robert Barrera, Rose Carlstedt, Zoe Connor and Shawn Lawrence
Grade 5: Haley Francois, John Toftegaard, Justina Calhoun, Nichole Forstell and David Sanders
Here are a few pictures from today's assembly. Click on the picture to enlarge them: