Fuel Up to Play 60 Kick-Off Rocks the House! (Pics)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 10:00 AM

Northeast Middle School has a new youth program called Fuel Up to Play 60 which is sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League.
The Fuel Up to Play 60 competition is an opportunity for students to make long-term healthy changes while competing to win prizes! This school year, the program will reach 36 million youth in 60,000 schools, giving NEMS a chance to compete nation-wide. Students are encouraged to eat healthy, play at least 60 minutes a day, and participate in fun activities in and out of school. Students will be entering activity time and healthy eating habits via computer at NEMS or home. 
NEMS has a student leadership team that will meet on Wednesday night after school to improve the percentage of students who eat breakfast at NEMS and increase the amount of physical activities that are offered at NEMS during and after school.
With several early morning rehearsals, many of the staff of Northeast Middle School prepared for a big moment in the Fuel Up to Play 60 assembly featuring Minnesota Vikings player Chad Greenway. The assembly took place on November 10th and there was excitement in the air as Viktor the Viking (mascot) and two Vikings cheerleaders greeted students as they entered the auditorium.
The NEMS band warmed up the audience with a song before Dr. Udapa welcomed everyone. Students from the Fuel up to Play 60 leadership team walked onto the stage with Mr. Greenway as the roar of a highlights video played on the big screen.  Mr. Greenway gave a wonderful talk about the importance of eating right and getting exercise. He talked about how he wanted to play basketball but didn’t have the athletic ability, so he ended up playing football instead. Telling this story gave him a lead into how everyone has different talents, and no matter how much we may want to do something, something else might be more suited to our abilities.
Even through the kids were enthralled with the mighty Viking, what happened next was talked about for days. Four “couch potatoes” sat on chairs in the middle of the stage while about 15 other staff members danced around them to a goofy song about exercise, showing the “couch potatoes” how great it is to exercise. The students laughed and howled as teachers skipped around on stage; however as the song finished, a new song started and the kids were up and out of their seats as they recognized the beat of Beyonce’ song “Single Ladies…(Put a ring on it)”. The choreography was amazing as teachers and other staff danced, exercised, formed pyramids, and hoola-hooped on stage. (For clarification, the hula-hoops represented the “ring” people should put on.)
Yes, Chad Greenway, Number 52 , came to our school, and the kids were impressed. However, it was the staff that gave the kids a ‘number’ they’ll really remember!