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CalFresh UCCE Playing CATCH at Castlemont Elementary School

20220114 Castlemont ES
It is no secret that the 2021-2022 school year has been challenging for schools, and CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE (CFHL, UCCE) Santa Clara County responded to the need for support as schools transition back to in-person learning. By leading structured physical activity lessons of Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) during recess at Castlemont Elementary School in Campbell, CFHL, UCCE is helping students be more physically active and build importance social skills. Having another adult positively engage students on the playground also provides the school support during severe staffing shortages.

CFHL, UCCE Santa Clara County educators Julie Lefko and Daniela Curiel lead CATCH physical activity lessons/games at the school site three times a week. Age-appropriate games are selected for the different grade levels. The games are from the CATCH curriculum, while still being student driven. Students are asked about the type of games they enjoy, so that the educator can select curriculum games that meet their interest.

The recess project has been a fun and engaging way to support the school and incorporate more structured physical activity into the school day.

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