The Denton Elementary School’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Club started a “Physical Education Take Home Tub” program. The program consists of a set of six clear plastic tubs filled with colorful physical education supplies like balls, paddles, jump ropes, a parachute and cones. Students in kindergarten through 5th grade may take home a tub for up to a week at a time to enjoy with their families. Club members are responsible for maintaining the tubs and keeping an inventory of their equipment each week.
The goal of the program is to offer DES families the opportunity for physical activity and family play time by providing equipment they may not currently have in their homes. In addition to equipment, the tubs contain health-promoting/anti-tobacco resources, game/activity ideas, and a notebook for families to share how they used the equipment and what they enjoyed about it.
The project was grant-funded by the Caroline County Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Other sources of funding came from generous donations from the Choptank Electric Trust, Inc., Teachers Can Help, Inc., and the Denton Elementary School PTA.
Eric Pittsinger, physical education teacher at DES and club sponsor along with teacher Amy Amalfitano, shared, “The tubs are a great way to increase opportunities for play at home. When the tubs are returned, I’m always excited to read the journals and learn the creative ways our students and their families have used the equipment.”