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As a former Fourth Grade Teacher, I learned that keeping my students actively engaged on a task is paramount to their short- and long-term success. Students learn better when they have plenty of opportunity to practice what they’re supposed to be learning. Translate that to the PE Court. More specifically, to Hockey. If my students can’t keep the ball on the court, their mind and attention start to drift. When that happens, it makes my job harder, and it takes the momentum and fun out of a game. Oakhurst Elementary has a court one hundred and thirty feet long by seventy-eight feet of space to have three separate games and keep approximately seventy-five students actively engaged for fifty minutes. There is just one problem. We don’t have boards and plexiglass to keep the ball in play. We have cones. Which don’t prevent the ball from rolling into another game, thus affecting all the games and bringing each to a screaming halt. Shield Barriers will block balls from traveling away and through other games, thus allowing students more time playing a game they genuinely are passionate about. They’re not exactly competing on the world’s largest stage or hoisting the Stanley Cup, but I’d like to think that each one of my students can dream.

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School:
Oakhurst Elementary School 
Subject:
Health/P.E. 
Teacher:
Gregg Cuzzucoli 
 
Laurel Waters 
Students Impacted:
700 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
September 28, 2020

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Only $1,518.86 Needed

 

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As a former Fourth Grade Teacher, I learned that keeping my students actively engaged on a task is paramount to their short- and long-term success. Students learn better when they have plenty of opportunity to practice what they’re supposed to be learning. Translate that to the PE Court. More specifically, to Hockey. If my students can’t keep the ball on the court, their mind and attention start to drift. When that happens, it makes my job harder, and it takes the momentum and fun out of a game. Oakhurst Elementary has a court one hundred and thirty feet long by seventy-eight feet of space to have three separate games and keep approximately seventy-five students actively engaged for fifty minutes. There is just one problem. We don’t have boards and plexiglass to keep the ball in play. We have cones. Which don’t prevent the ball from rolling into another game, thus affecting all the games and bringing each to a screaming halt. Shield Barriers will block balls from traveling away and through other games, thus allowing students more time playing a game they genuinely are passionate about. They’re not exactly competing on the world’s largest stage or hoisting the Stanley Cup, but I’d like to think that each one of my students can dream.  

 

What will be done with my students

The Florida state standard “Striking with an Implement” can be found in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. What is one of the implements we use to teach striking? Hockey sticks!! We start with how to hold the stick properly, and then striking a puck or ball with the hockey stick, passing, as well as stick handling. We typically play Hockey for an entire week every marking period. Not only will Shield Barriers be utilized during our Hockey Units, but they can also be used to separate bowling lanes, mark obstacle courses, act as hurdles for agility games and many other activities throughout the year. 

 

Benefits to my students

It’s important to understand the value of children being active every day, learning healthy habits, and participating in youth sports. The National Alliance for Youth Sports believes participation in sports develops important character traits and lifelong values in children, which can have a positive impact on their lives. Playing sports, especially a team sport like hockey, can boost self-esteem in children and help kids develop teamwork and leadership skills, which are of course beneficial in the classroom and the Real World. The camaraderie shared on and off the court encourages teamwork and the natural development of leadership skills and promotes lifelong friendships. The lifelong benefits associated with providing opportunities for kids to learn to play hockey are immeasurable. The great Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” We’re asking that you give Oakhurst Elementary a shot.


 

 

Describe the Students

Presently, we have a population of seven hundred students. One hundred and five students are ESE and of those one hundred and five, we have 32 ASD Students. All those students are mainstreamed for PE and they take part in all our activities. The teachers at Oakhurst acknowledge, appreciate, and respect students’ differences. Students' diverse intelligences, talents, skills, interests, and backgrounds enrich Oakhurst Elementary and all of our lives as teachers. 

 

Budget Narrative

Price quote from morleyathletic.com
11 Shield Barriers #MA31547 @ $118.99
3 54" Hockey Goal #MA12678 @ $69.99 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 11 Shield Barriers $1,308.89
2 3 54" Hockey Goals PVC $209.97
  Total: $1,518.86

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