Today, climate change is a paramount issue, and it is up to every person to do their part to minimize the damages. To me, sustainability is doing one’s part to reduce their carbon footprint in a way that benefits all areas of their life, and is cost effective and sustainable in their lifestyle. After attending the Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit and meeting dairy farmers (and visiting dairy farms), I have been inspired to get more involved in sustainability efforts in my school and community.
I believe the reason we did Fuel Your Good is because there never needs to be a reason to be kind to others. We get to help people feel good about themselves. You also get to make yourself feel good along the way. These are the reasons we participated in Fuel Your Good.
I’ve been involved in the FUTP60 program for 5 years now and every year I have done my best to implement more and more ideas and projects to improve my community. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be in such an amazing program. It really has made such an impact on my life any many others. I hope to continue with the program for many, many years and bring the idea that FUTP 60 has given me to many more people. I hope that I find more ways to Fuel my Good and encourage others to fuel theirs as well!
On September 4th 2019, my school went to a park in Chicago to help pick up trash, and let me tell you it was a lot of work, but it was worth it.
After brainstorming for a long while during my weeks off of school, I decided how I could help others. During this hard time, people are more insecure about their food than ever. With no jobs or money flow, the public struggles to find food. I decided to help distribute food and meat portions to people in need. I convinced my parents and brother to help work at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Pantry.
My favorite sports are soccer, basketball, running, and skiing, and my favorite sports team is the Pittsburgh Steelers by far. My favorite player is Juju Smith-Schuster, and one of the reasons that I’m so excited about this contest is that Juju is a big part of it. The other big reason is that I like doing my part to help my community and the environment. I get my love for the environment from my dad, who got his love of the environment from his dad, my Papa, who passed away in 2016 from Alzheimer's.
During the two weeks leading up to this year’s Super Bowl, we held a canned soup drive. Kids brought in cans of soup and put them in the basket of which team they thought would win the big game.
Last year when my Language teacher and my fifth grade Science teacher talked to the middle school about Fuel Up To Play 60, I was very inspired.
Ava decided she needed to help & planned a fundraiser to help pay for the floors & props. She started baking cakes on January 17 and kept baking until March 17. She baked & decorated over 30 cakes and collected $1325! She donated every dollar to her school’s production.
At our high school, we have 22 raised garden beds that grow food for our cafeterias. While we were able to start this with grant money, we still need to raise funds every year to keep the gardens growing. This year, we held our first annual community event to help raise money for the gardens. Over 200 people came to the event.
The “Community Mobile Pantry” is our way of giving back to the community. Fuel Up to Play 60 joined David Schwake, Food Service Director in our district and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to help feed families in need of extra food on the weekends.
Our High School Fuel Up to Play 60 students continue to partner with the Boys and Girls Club, who currently have approximately 100 families in our town’s after school program. Our High School Fuel Up to Play 60 students continue to partner with the Boys and Girls Club, who currently have approximately 100 families in our town’s after school program. During the day, all of the school’s nutrition staff prepares the “harvest of the month” tastings for each of these students on the first Wednesday of each month.
My state is ranked as one of the highest for obesity in the nation and I wanted to do something to help children in my state from becoming obese.
At my school’s concession stand we have the usual such as popcorn, nachos, hot dogs, candy, water, soda and sports drinks. I suggested to the teacher in charge that we add some healthy options.
We changed the Styrofoam trays to fiber ones, planted a garden, and cleaned our courtyard to be used as an outdoor classroom.