FJHS students learn healthy choices


Fulton Junior High School students continue to make school and personal strides, thanks to their participation in the Junior Raiders Opportunity Club.
 
The club is a collaboration between FJHS, the Fulton Community School and Oswego County Opportunities. The club’s Extended Day Program has also featured Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County-sponsored activities and support from several local businesses.
 
The effort has helped students engage in hands-on activities that further help them develop social and emotional skills. Participating seventh-grade and eighth-grade students may enroll in the five-week enrichment sessions, which involve meeting times from 2:20 to 5:20 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Bus transportation home is provided.
 
During the recent “All About You” session, students learned to make healthy mind and body choices. Students also learned the importance of goal setting, hygiene and how they can achieve a healthy lifestyle. The Oswego County Health Department stopped by to show students how to make smoothies by peddling a stationary bicycle to work a blender, and participants took a field trip to a local grocery store to learn how to comparison shop and find the best value when purchasing healthy foods.
 
Teacher Bridget Caprin said students were excited to go around the junior high school, collecting germ samples and learning the importance of washing hands.
 
The “All About You” culmination activity involved using vegetables and fruits to create a moveable car, which the students and staff members raced.


Teacher Bridget Caprin, left, races a student’s fruit and vegetable
car against student Mikayla VanNorstrand, right, during a culmination
activity to the “All About You” session of the Fulton Community
School Extended Day Program.