Students at Rockwood South Middle School in Missouri were honored earlier this month as grand prize winners in the national Quaker and Fuel Up to Play 60 Make Your Move Video Contest. The school won a $15,000 grant showing off its commitment to getting active for at least 60 minutes a day by creating a video of students dancing and being active in their school’s gymnasium.
Students at Rockwood South were responsible for putting the winning video together. Two eighth grade students choreographed the dance and taught it to the rest of their team, who then performed it for a camera. The resulting video is one of five grand prize winners that received a $15,000 grant.
Rockwood South Middle School plans to use the grant to help make some healthy changes in their school that will benefit students and staff. The school plans to upgrade two health rooms, creating a learning lab classroom and a fitness style classroom with treadmill desks, under table bikes, and stability ball chairs to keep students moving while they are learning.
In addition to the grant, the school was awarded a visit from former St. Louis Rams running back and NFL Hall of Famer, Marshall Faulk, who helped the school celebrate the win while sharing his favorite ways to get moving, and answering some questions from the students.
“We have been involved with Fuel Up to Play 60 for the last four years. The wonderful thing about this program is you can make it work for you and your school,” said Katie Severson, Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor at Rockwood South Middle School. “The kids are proud of themselves for the hard work they put in and we couldn’t be prouder of them! We are very thankful to America’s dairy farmers and the NFL for creating Fuel Up to Play 60. We have been able to do some wonderful things at Rockwood South because of the program.”