- Loudoun County Public Schools
Lovettsville continues to ‘Fuel Greatness’
When it comes to discovering new ways to get active and stay healthy, students at Lovettsville Elementary School are among the most innovative. On Tuesday, November 16, their hard work was on full display as they hosted members of the Washington Football Charitable Foundation and American Dairy Association North East at the annual Fuel Up to Play 60 Community Tuesday event.
Third grade students put their skills to the test by competing in different physical activity stations that related to both football and healthy eating. The activities were designed to keep the students active while also testing their knowledge on the five food groups to encourage.
After rotating through the stations, students ventured to the garden in the school courtyard for an outdoor learning activity. Students planted vegetables and gave a tour of the garden to show off the work they’ve done so far this school year. With the new additions planted on Tuesday, the garden is now home to budding Brussel sprouts, lettuce and even cotton. Students use food waste from school lunches to create their own compost for the garden and collect rainwater to ensure the plants stay watered throughout the year. Once they are ready, all vegetables in the garden are donated to a local food pantry for those in need.
Following the event, students departed with swag bags courtesy of the Washington Football Charitable Foundation.
Joining in on the fun was former Washington Football Tight End, Logan Paulsen.
“This is an awesome program because it introduces kids to nutrition and gets them thinking about it early on,” said Paulsen. “It also gets them thinking about new ways to engage in physical fitness which is important.”
Lovettsville has led the charge in implementing healthy eating and physical activity changes in the school division for many years. With the help of resources from Fuel Up to Play 60, students have implemented other new healthy initiatives including the school’s “grab and go” breakfast program.
“Fuel Up to Play 60 has been at Lovettsville for the past 11 years and it has made the best impact on our students, their families and the community,” said Lovettsville Physical Education Teacher and Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor, Hugh Brockway. “They [students] take great pride in creating healthy opportunities for themselves and for others through healthy eating and physical activity ‘plays’ and it’s something we’re very proud of.”
Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation's largest in-school health & wellness program, empowering students to build healthier communities. Created in partnership with the National Football League and National Dairy Council, in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture, the program is implemented in over 73,000 schools nationwide. The program is funded by America’s Dairy Farmers. To learn more, visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 website.
Published November 19, 2021