Falling Creek Middle School has been a big proponent of our newest program Game On, Girl! since it’s inception this past spring, and was our first-ever Game On, Girl! middle school!
School Nurse Natalie Galarza and Communities in Schools Coordinator Kimberly Reynolds, big fans of the Game On, Girl! program, wanted to do something to highlight the program and other wellness initiatives at their school. Knowing that the winter months often leave folks unmotivated when it comes to health and wellness, this year they wanted to focus on Winter Wellness: mind, body, and spirit. Nurse Natalie and Ms. Reynolds brought key school staff members, community partners, and ‘Game On’ girls, together to brainstorm and plan out how this idea could turn into a family-friendly wellness event! And thus, the Jingle Jog and Winter Wellness Festival was born!
In the week leading up to the Jingle Jog, Game On girls created colorful garland chains, beautiful paper snowflakes, and posters and signs promoting in the importance of healthy habits to decorate the Winter Wellness Festival! One Game On girl even made signs translated into Spanish for Spanish speaking family members and friends. FCMS marketing students created informational tri-fold boards that gave explaining the importance of sleep, healthy foods, de-stressing techniques and the benefits of the sun and exercise!
In the earlier hours of Saturday, December 2nd, Game On girls, Sgt.Pham & P. Hatcher and the AIC class from Ft. Lee, Nurse Natalie, Ms. Reynolds, and other Falling Creek friends worked together to set up the race track, decorations, tables, and displays for the Winter Wellness Festival. Once the clock hit 10am, we were ready to go! As we got ready to warm up for the race – in walked SANTA!! Santa led runners and walkers alike in a fun warm up to loosen up our muscles and get everyone ready to race!
Over 55 participants ran/walked/jogged around the soccer field in a 1-mile fun run! Friends from Ft. Lee and Santa cheered everyone on, giving high-fives with each passing lap. After the race ended guests enjoyed a variety of physically active stations. Project Yoga Richmond led a unique outdoor yoga experience for adults and students on the soccer field. The AIC class from Ft. Lee engaged students in a bootcamp-style workout and relay race. Meanwhile inside, Mr. Studevant, FCMS teacher and fitness guru, taught students how to box and how to do fun physical activities at home; the Lions Club provided free vision screenings and other community partners explained the importance of healthy beverage choice, mental health, and how to stay healthy and active in the cool winter months. Select members of the FCMS orchestra played a medley of holiday-inspired songs to get everyone in the spirit!
The inaugural Jingle Jog and Winter Wellness Festival was a success! So many wonderful community members came together in the spirit of winter wellness for FCMS students, families, and friends.
This season we are grateful for…:
– Sgt.Pham & P. Hatcher and the AIC class from Ft. Lee
– Kids Run RVA and Sports Backers
– Project Yoga Richmond
– Chester Career College
– M Levin’s Produce
– Gold’s Gym
– The Lions Club
– Chesterfield Health Department and Medical Reserve Corps
– Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services
– Chesterfield County Fire Department
– And of course, Nurse Natalie, Ms. Reynolds, and all of our friends at Falling Creek Middle!
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season filled with winter wellness,
– Coach Kayla, Game On, Girl!, and Girls with Goals Leadership Academy