Maya Binder, a seventh-grader at Pleasant Lea Middle School, was selected to attend the annual Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador Summit this past summer. The national event was held July 24-27 in Minneapolis.
Maya was among 183 students from across the nation attending this event. She was selected based on her involvement in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program while a student at Sunset Valley Elementary. Maya was accompanied by Karen Reynolds, physical education coach from Sunset Valley Elementary.
Lee’s Summit R-7 schools have participated in the Fuel Up To Play 60 program for six years. Through this program and with assistance from the Midwest Dairy Council, schools were able to implement grab-and-go breakfasts at all elementary and middle schools.
The students, their teachers and the three sponsoring partners — Land O’Lakes, Ecolab and Quaker — participated in the three day event. Students worked with teachers and mentors from the partner organizations to create farm-to-table ideas included in a challenge event. Through the Innovation Challenge, the students developed student-led, innovative ideas to improve healthy eating in their schools and communities. A panel of judges selected the winning entries which were awarded grants. The Ambassador Summit also included leadership and communications training opportunities from subject matter experts and business leaders.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school health and wellness program, developed by the National Football League and National Dairy Council in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.