A tri-state school is one of 32 in the nation chosen to be a model for Project Fit America, a national charity that works to get kids fit.
It was a party at Sebree Elementary, a full-on fitness celebration. And all the fun was thanks to the school’s physical education teacher and principal. The pair applied for a grant to be a model school for Project Fit America.
“And that baptist health funded the grant that’s about $16,000 that paid for the equipment that we have… the new outdoor fitness lab.”
A sit-up station, steps, and parallel bars. The outdoor fitness lab may look like a playground, but physical education teacher Mark Spainhoward says it is more than just that.
PE Teacher Mark Spainhoward says, “It’s not playground equipment, just like one of the things we have is a horizontal ladder…now traditionally that’s called monkey bars, but it’s not monkey bars and I let the kids know it’s not monkey bars, it’s not play equipment…it is fitness and exercise equipment.”
Principal Dawn Forker says the best part is the kids are having fun while working out.
Principal Dawn Forker says, “And honestly to see their faces light up when they saw the equipment for the first time, it was priceless because they are working out like you mentioned but they’re having fun.”
6th grader Hunter Cates says, “It’s very good idea for the kids because it’s going to get us moving and stuff.”
Moving, climbing, and using their muscles. Little or no muscles, Spainhoward says he just wants his kids to be healthy.
The grant money also allowed the school to purchase indoor exercise equipment for the winter months.