Hillsborough school wins governor's fitness challenge
Our physically fit Florida governor last year challenged the state's youth to join him in his pursuit of physical fitness. Eight elementary schools and eight middle schools that had at least half their students participate in the two-month challenge would win a prize.
Hillsborough's Dowdell Middle has claimed one of the awards. The school received $2,500 this week to put toward new sports or P.E. equipment.
Now, Gov. Crist has once again issued his challenge for 2009-10. (Middle schools, of course, will be closer to the goal simply because Crist pushed through a new P.E. requirement for them that begins this year.)
"As we begin another school year, it is important to remember the connection between a healthy lifestyle and student achievement," Crist said in a release. "By emphasizing the importance of physical fitness, we can teach students how to make smart choices about exercise and nutrition that will improve their health throughout their lives."
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