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Union students get active, get fit, and get dancing

February 23, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

Despite the fact that they're in grade school, they possess an awareness of the importance of physical fitness and taking it one step further. Under the direction of school staff, the students of Poland Union Elementary School not only keep active, they demonstrate that the "f" in fitness stands for fun.

In keeping with their overwhelmingly successful participation in the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield "Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge," hosted by Radio Disney AM 1260, Union Elementary School students and staff spent Wednesday, Feb. 15 dancing, hula hooping, and jump roping their way through a fun-filled Radio Disney Dance party.

Through the "Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge" program, students were encouraged to be physically active for a minimum of 20 minutes a day between Oct. 3 and Nov. 26, according to school Principal Mike Masucci, who added that the students' results were charted and submitted to Radio Disney.

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Who knew Union Elementary School fourth-grader Henry Oman is a hula champion? Henry showed off his mad hula skills at the school’s recent Radio Disney Dance Party.

According to a recent Radio Disney press release, nearly 500,000 students nationwide signed up to participate in this year's "Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge."Designed to motivate kids and families to achieve fitness together by engaging in fun activities, in 2011, the third year of the partnership, the challenge was completed by 54,000 children at 162 Ohio elementary schools.

Based on the highest levels of participation, Union Elementary School placed not only amongst the 20 winners of the live dance parties, but also as one of the five schools awarded new gym equipment packages valued at $500 for being the first to sign up and complete the challenge.

Sharing that he was proud of the students and their families alike for recognizing the importance of physical activity, Masucci said the school was also presented with a certificate and banner for winning this year's "Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge."

As a result, students not only spent the afternoon reveling as they reaped the rewards of their hard work in the challenge, but watching as their staff participated as well. Just as the students took part in a myriad of physical activities, teachers joined in, some on stage for a "show us your dance moves" contest, to the delight of their unsuspecting charges.

Students were certain to return home anxious to share their school day happenings, more aware than ever that exercise certainly can be fun. Now, when the mood strikes them for some physical activity and perhaps even a little family fun, they need only ask got music?



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