Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 15 May 2012 14:41
Students at Centre K-12 schools celebrated Earth Day April 20 by “Coming Alive Outside.”
The “Come Alive Outside” challenge was started by Jim Paluch of JP Horizons to encourage people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors.
Centre FFA was introduced to this challenge for state FFA chapters during an online teleconference. Their challenge was to develop an activity to encourage people to “Come Alive Outside.”
Four FFA members attended a planning and collaborating day at Kansas State University to get ideas from industry representatives and other schools. They also were paired with a K-State mentoring student to help plan and implement.
As part of the challenge, each chapter was to develop a video to enter in a voting contest. Voting has already begun and will continue through May 22.
Area patrons can support the Centre FFA chapter by visiting: http://comealiveoutside.com/kansas-ffa-come-alive-outside-challenge-video-documentaries/ to watch and vote for its video.
A person can only vote once and must provide his or her first name, last name, e-mail address and phone number. Duplicate votes will be removed.
In their initial effort in the program, the Centre FFA Chapter hosted a number of Earth Day and outdoor-geared activities to promote the environment and healthy lifestyles.
Some of the activities were educational, where students discussed topics such as soil conservation, water conservation and pollution.
When the students weren’t learning how to preserve the environment, they were participating in physical activities such as dodge ball, tag, kickball and red rover.
These activities were designed to teach the students about unstructured play and how fun—and ultimately healthier—it is to play outside rather than stay inside playing video games.
“The event turned out very well and the students had a lot of fun participating in the various activities that were planned for the day,” said Laura Klenda, chapter adviser.
High school students participated in a series of dodge ball games that went on for nearly two hours and gave everyone involved a good workout and a good time.
Centre FFA plans to continue this program in the years to come with the hope of making a positive impact on students and the community while promoting a healthy lifestyle, according to Klenda.