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School Hikes Through Amazon to Raise Funds

School Hikes Through Amazon to Raise Funds

Schools are in constant search for new and innovative ways to raise funds for such things as resources and programs.  With the recent local wellness policy update, schools are encouraged to pursue fundraising opportunities that include either non-food items or healthier food choices.  Claude Pepper Elementary School in Miami, Florida came up with an innovative way to raise funds with a physical activity focus.  The following is Claude Pepper’s success story as told on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s website.

“It was great to earn money for our school while having fun!” exclaimed Carolina Schooley, 5th grader at Claude Pepper Elementary School. The school wellness council at Claude Pepper wanted to find a healthy school fundraiser to replace their annual chocolate sale and found just that through a program called Adventure Fitness.

The program allows a school to select an imaginary destination and then learn about that place through social studies, math and nutrition lessons. Claude Pepper decided to “Discover the Amazon” and students created online profiles and asked for sponsors from friends and family members. Students watched a video broadcast on the school’s television network every day while wearing pedometers. The video leads students on an adventure in the Amazon rainforest where they must run away from hungry alligators, piranha filled rivers and stalking jaguars as they make their way to the Lost City of Gold. The PTA helped with recording steps and medals and other prizes were given out to top earners.

The[Amazon Fitness] website gives students and parents access to fun facts and healthy recipes. “For schools looking for ways to raise money and raise awareness about exercise and leading a healthy life style, I would highly recommend this activity,” said Karen Landrum, physical education teacher.

Kudos to the staff at Claude Pepper Elementary School for going that extra mile to incorporate a fun fundraising activity that involved the kids and raised their awareness about the importance of being active eating well!

Christine M. Cliff, MPH, RD, LDN

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