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New program at Lisbon Central School motivates students to exercise

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LISBON - Lisbon Central School has initiated a new program, developed by first lady Michelle Obama, designed to encourage students to become more physically active.

The “Let’s Move! Active Schools Grant Program” enabled the district to create the 100 Mile Club which rewards students for walking or running 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles.

The grant totaled just over $1,000.

“[Students] are trying to log 100 miles,” Superintendent Erin E. Woods said.

The club, open to students in kindergarten through grade four, is being operated by third and fourth grade teachers Jill Farrand and Brittany Stewart.

“It’s wonderful,” Ms. Woods said.

Students are encouraged to walk or run the trail at the school in order to log mileage.

“We have teachers involved, encouraging the students to walk our trail during recess,” Ms. Woods said.

Ms. Woods also noted that parents have been getting involved in the program.

“We have parents and teachers that will walk with groups of students after school from three until four,” she said.

So far two students have managed to reach their first goal of walking 25 miles.

Holden Woods and Rowan Rishe were recognized with a certificate to document their first 25 miles along with a water bottle featuring their name and a balloon, Ms. Woods.

To find out more about the program log onto letsmoveschools.org.

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