Fabulous Fit and Lit!

Did you know that Chickering Elementary School has been running the program known as Fit & Lit for eleven years? Fit & Lit encourages kids to read and exercise more by rewarding every log filled out with a new charm for their necklace. Each student receives a necklace in kindergarten. Some fifth graders have up to 100 charms!

This year, at the kick-off Fit and Lit assembly, it was announced that there would be two teams. Team 1 consisted of grades 1, 3, and 5. Team 2 was Pre-K, K, 2nd grade and 4th grade. Instead of having the teams travel from the Earth to the moon, the teams were asked to circumnavigate the Earth. However, the school also had fun at the assembly because of the fit and the lit they did there. Based on a video, 4th and 5th graders led a version of Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) with incorporated exercises. Some other students also read silly poems to the school.

We created a survey for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders wondering what their opinions were about Fit and Lit. 35% responded. When asked if they participated in this event, a large quantity of the 35% said yes, most of which included that they like it because they received charms.This pie chart shows 42.7% like Fit and Lit because of the charms, and 57.3% didn't mention charms as the reason for liking Fit and Lit.

However, when interviewed about their suggestions for Fit and Lit, many said that the teams were not fair, and that charms need to be easier to obtain. We also inquired if they liked Fit and Lit, and the majority said yes, but a surprisingly large number said “50/50”.

Along with a student survey, we also formed a questionnaire for the teachers, staff and administration asking similar questions. 52% responded. Surprisingly, every single responder liked Fit and Lit, although not everyone participated. One teacher shared,

“It encourages the school to work together as a team towards a shared goal. I also believe that we should value exercising our bodies and our minds. It makes everyone focus on remembering to read and exercise.”

Nevertheless, they had many suggestions, including some that would help kids. Such as, “Make it more motivating for the fifth graders” and “Reduce the amount of minutes to earn  charms for many children it takes two or more weeks to earn a charm”.

Although the purpose of Fit and Lit was to read and exercise, there was still a little competition between the teams. Team 1 ended up with 29.4 times around the Earth, and Team 2 finished with 29.1. It was a close race, but Team 1 secured victory.

There was an even more competitive atmosphere throughout the fifth grade, though. Whichever class in fifth grade ended up with the most minutes at the end of Fit and Lit got to play a kickball game against the staff team. Finally, when this fun Chickering tradition concluded, Mrs. Chiavarini’s class ended up victorious in the fifth grade competition.

After looking at every opinion from our surveys, it was clear that almost every interviewee loved Fit and Lit, and made it known that this Chickering custom is fun for all. Even though we did not have a concluding assembly to announce the winners, there was an exciting celebration to wrap Fit and Lit up – the annual Read Your Heart Out Day! After donning their pajamas and snuggling in fluffy blankets with soft stuffed animals, every student in the school set off on a fun reading mission. So from beginning to end, Fit and Lit was certainly a success!

Reported by Charlie T., Anissa, and Abby


FIT & LIT 2012

     Fit and Lit is a program our school has been doing for about 7 years.  Fit and Lit happens when the school gets back from winter break and ends right before February break.  Fit and Lit goes on for about 6 weeks and by the time 6 weeks are over some people have 3 charms and some people have a bunch of charms in many different colors.  The first year we come here as kindergartners, we received a necklace.  Once we have completed 600 minutes of exercising or reading we obtain a charm in the shape of a sneaker (Fit) or a book (Lit).  You earned a charm is by recording your minutes on a log.  The logs are picked up every Friday. 

We kick off Fit and Lit with an all school assembly. Everybody gets so excited to see the slideshow. When the kids see a picture of themselves or one of their friends, they yell out their names.  The pictures show kids exercising or reading for Fit and Lit minutes. After the slideshow ends and the screaming ends, our librarian Mrs. Chase, explains the process of Fit and Lit. Then everyone is so anxious to hear what the prize is, and Mrs. Chase leaves us all hanging and doesn’t tell us until the ending assembly! 


The last day of Fit and Lit, the whole school celebrates the completion of the program by having a Read Your Heart Out Day. During that day we read most of the day, and participate in Readers Theater and plays, plus read to younger classroom buddies and have snacks. On Read Your Heart Out Day we dress up in our PJs and we bring in stuffed animals and/or blankets. As you can imagine this is a fun day for all!!

At the celebration assembly we announced the grade level winners. Each classroom within a grade level competes against each other to see who can read and exercise the most minutes. This year the winning classroom, in each grade, received a special trophy and a charm for their necklace. To acknowledge all the work everyone did, our principal rewarded the entire school with a second Read Your Heart Out Day and an extra recess. After that announcement was made the student body let out a big, big, big, BIG cheer, this is how it sounded YYEEAAHH!!!

Here are the results of the Fit & Lit 2012 competition

Kindergarten: Mrs.Disch

1st grade: Ms Cronin

2nd grade: Mrs. Moran

3rd grade: Dr. Craft

4th grade: Mr. Keohane

5th grade: Mr. Wadness

We are proud of everyone who participated in this year’s Fit and Lit!

Please watch the video below to see the winners.

Reported by: Griffin, Matt, Lucy, Abby & Jay