November 19, 2014
The following news release is shared on behalf of the state’s Play Every Day campaign. Congratulations to Polaris K-12 on creating a great video.
Alaska’s Play Every Day campaign awarded Polaris K-12 School in Anchorage third place in its 2014 statewide video contest challenging kids to show how and why they get physically active. The short video submitted by Corey Aist’s fourth- and fifth-grade class tells the story of students who look bored inside, realizing that all the fun is happening outside.
Aist said he was impressed by how much initiative the students took to complete the project – by rallying fellow students to participate, coming up with the story idea, and organizing rehearsals.
“They were excited,” he said. “They brainstormed, created a plan and story map, and wrote the script.”
Teams from seven elementary schools across the state submitted 11 videos to Play Every Day’s first video contest this fall. All entries were due Oct. 31 and were free to submit. Students were instructed to show how children get out and play or complete the Healthy Futures Challenge, a physical activity program in more than 170 Alaska elementary schools. Staff from Play Every Day and Healthy Futures voted on winning entries.
Play Every Day awarded first place to a class of second- and third-graders at Salcha Elementary School near Fairbanks. Salcha will receive a $500 gift card to purchase physical activity equipment for all students, plus $25 gift cards to purchase physical activity equipment for up to 10 students who worked on the video. Play Every Day chose a video by Academy Charter School students in Palmer for second place. Polaris K-12 shared third place with another video submitted by Salcha Elementary. In addition to Polaris, Lake Otis Elementary School in Anchorage also submitted a video for the contest.
The Play Every Day campaign received videos from public elementary schools in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Fort Yukon, Palmer, Salcha and Trapper Creek. These schools represent the Anchorage, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Mat-Su Borough, and Yukon Flats school districts.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services started the Play Every Day campaign three years ago to raise awareness about the health concerns of childhood obesity in Alaska and to inspire Alaska families to be physically active every day. The campaign expanded this fall to include messages focused on reducing the amount of sugary drinks consumed by Alaska children and families, and promoting water and low-fat milk as the healthiest drink options. Find out more at playeveryday.alaska.gov.
The Play Every Day campaign has posted all of the submitted school videos on its YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/playeverydayAK, and will be sharing a number of them through its Facebook page, playeverydayak. The campaign plans to share the winning video through social media and TV.
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For more information about the Play Every Day video contest and winners, please contact Ann Potempa with the campaign at (907) 269-3433 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact participating Anchorage schools, please call Heidi Embley, communications director at the Anchorage School District, at (907) 742-4158.