Houston Texans Kicker Randy Bullock Helps District Enhance Learning at Recess

Houston Texans Kicker Randy Bullock Helps District Enhance Learning at Recess
Posted on 04/03/2015

Pasadena ISD is ramping up recess. The district recently received a Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant of $10,000 from the Houston Texans and local dairy council, Dairy MAX to implement playground stencils at seven campuses.

“The interactive stencil project was designed to empower youth to take action for their own health and hopefully develop lifelong healthy habits,” Pam Tevis, Pasadena ISD health and wellness instructional specialist said. “Because the stencils are interactive, students have a better chance at remembering the information because movement anchors learning.  These stencils can be used as part of recess or a teacher’s lesson. They can also be used by families to learn about health and nutrition as well.”

Students, staff, administrators and Board of Trustees celebrated the grant award with a community paint party on the playground at Turner Elementary. Houston Texans kicker Randy Bullock made a surprise appearance and talked to students about the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity.

Nutrition and exercise are very important, especially as a player in the NFL,” Bullock said to the crowd. “It looks like you kids are off to a great start. Keep eating healthy and playing at least 60 minutes each day and who knows what you can accomplish.”

The playground markings consist of various interactive activities and games for students to play at recess to increase cognitive thinking and physical activity. Volunteers painted the artwork which also includes healthy foods and the Fuel Up to Play 60 logo.

Founded by the National Football League and National Dairy Council, the Fuel Up to Play 60 program promotes healthy nutrition and physical activity among students. Studies have found that enhancing the playground experience with colorful designs can increase engagement in physical activity at recess among elementary-aged students.

“What was great about this grant is the Houston Texans requested that the grant go to Pasadena ISD because they are aware of the efforts we are making here to educate the whole child,” Tevis said.

The Fuel Up to Play Stencil Project will be implemented at Gardens, Red Bluff, South Belt, South Shaver, Sparks and Williams Elementary Schools.