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Mesquite Elementary Students Serving Up Deliciousness at Their 2nd Annual Breakfast Cook-Off

Mesquite Elementary School in Gilbert held their Second Annual Fuel Up to Play 60 Cook-Off and it was nothing short of delicious!!  PE teacher and Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisor Morgan Pardy reached out to local breakfast eatery, Snooze, and invited them to visit with students about cooking using different types of food. Afterward, students were encouraged to form teams and  submit a recipe for a chance to participate in the cook-off. In the end, four teams were chosen: Team Wonder Chefs, The Crazy Cooks, The Three Amigos and Team Bossome. The young chefs were asked to prepare and submit a shopping list of ingredients which were purchased using donated funds. Food items, tables, cooking utensils and appliances needed by each station were set up on the day of the event. Under adult supervision, students were required to prepare and assemble the recipes on their own. After the one hour time limit, each group was asked to provide a plated sample and present a pitch of their culinary creation to five guest judges. Team Wonder Chefs came out on top with their impressive time management, team work and of course, tasty fare!

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Building a Healthy Community Through Fuel Up To Play 60

“Our community has been motivated by the positive changes we are seeing since participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Two years ago Lowell Elementary received a grant to help make our school more healthy and active. The funding helped with two main events: a Zumba/Smoothie Night and a Bowl Away Diabetes Night.

Our Zumba/Smoothie event drew over 300 people – it was awesome! After zumba we celebrated with four stations where families were able to make healthy smoothies full of veggies, fruits and dairy. The event was full of energy and the students really enjoyed planning as well as participating with their families.

Bowl Away Diabetes was also a very fun and active family event. Students were encouraged to write essays on how they can get their families to be active and healthy, with 25 students winning five free tickets to bowl. Getting our community involved and supporting our students in positive and active events has made our community stronger and healthier.

Students helped develop the ideas and events for our school. As a Program Advisor, I helped support our leadership team with tools, time and help. Our students set the dates, made flyers, posters, helped set up the event and supervised it. They have made all of the difference in the world. Through this process they learned that involving parents and teachers is essential in making our school and community more active and healthier”  – Daniel Velazquez, PE Teacher and Fuel Up To Play 60 Program Advisor, Lowell Elementary School, Mesa.

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Frank Elementary Students Show Us the Heart of Fuel Up To Play 60!

Running for the month of February is our Fuel Up To Play 60 “Show Us Your Heart” contest.  Students are encouraged to include fellow classmates in nutrition and physical activity Plays related to Fuel Up To Play 60 and share their efforts via pictures, stories and videos. At Frank Elementary, Program Advisor Brianna Peyer presented the contest in her group meeting, and after a little brainstorming her students decided on the following themes which they represented in pictures: Healthy eating= healthy heart, love (heart) for physical activity and fun with parachutes!

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“Here at Cheyenne Elementary, we are committed to providing healthy foods to our students in a variety of different ways!” proclaimed Fuel Up To Play 60 Program Advisor and PE Instructor Erin Greiner.  Embracing the spirit of student leadership embodied by this in-school wellness program, Erin encouraged her SWAT (School Wellness Advocacy Team) to come up with a way to involve other students. Together they decided to host a fruit tasting before school and a milk tasting during lunch. To students who ate breakfast on fruit tasting day, the SWAT team offered a sample of fresh cantaloupe, a fruit not often featured on their menu, and encouraged all kiddos to have a taste. Their initial milk tasting was held during first grade lunch where the SWAT students set up a table with different varieties of milk: chocolate, plain, and strawberry.  After tasting, the SWAT team handed out tickets for the first graders to vote on their favorite milk. The winner? Chocolate!

Ideas on nutrition and physical activities to try at your school can be found at  At the top of the page, click on Stories to read about what other schools are doing, or Playbook to use as a guide for activities that best suit your school. As always, involve your students, and get creative with it!


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Pinal 40 awards 22 students with $46,500 in scholarships

Twenty-two bright Pinal County students, furthering their education in an Agriculture field, are this year’s Pinal 40 scholarship recipients.

The scholarships, totaling $46,500 from Pinal 40, were handed Thursday, June 2nd.

pinal 40 scholarship winners in paper

Pinal 40 exists as a fraternity of community members who organized with the primary objective of promoting Pinal County, its youth as well as farming and agriculture related businesses. Philanthropically, Pinal 40 and its membership focus on providing support and funding for youth and education through agribusiness related scholarships and support of local charities.

Click here to learn more about Pinal 40.