Miramonte Elementary Exercise Fundraiser

Miramonte Elementary Students Raise Funds for Their School Through Exercise
It was an exercise frenzy at Miramonte Elementary School as students, staff, parents and family members participated in the school’s annual Exercise-a-thon fundraiser.  Students spanned across the blacktop exercising with hula-hoops, jump ropes, footballs, soccer balls, basketballs and parachutes and danced to the fun music loudly playing over the campus.   The two-hour Exercise-a-thon was held to raise funds for various programs at the school.  The kindergarten through 6th grade exercisers had fun participating in the high energy event, showing off some great moves.

     “This is a great event that helps raise money for our school,” said Jeanette Salinas, Miramonte principal, as she danced with the students.  “Our students really love it and it brings us all together to support our school, have fun, and get some exercise too.”

       Along with the non-stop exercising, laughter was abundant as students danced to songs like “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” and “Stitches.”  Several Conga lines moved throughout the blacktop and everyone had a fun time doing the popular Chicken Dance and Macarena.

          “Exercising is fun!  Said Lily, a fourth grader.  “Jump rope is my favorite and I hope we earn a lot of money for our school.  I also like seeing our teachers and principal dancing.”

         For Victor, a second grader the entire event was fun.

       “I like all the stuff we are doing,” he said.  “Dancing, jump rope, throwing the balls, doing the parachute and being out here with my friends is fun.” 

        Miramonte School earned the 2014 and 2015 Bronze National Healthy Schools Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.   The school is part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program, an evidence-based initiative to create and sustain healthy environments where students can learn better and flourish.  The Healthy Schools program helps schools improve physical education, health education, and nutrition, and has impacted more than 14 million students nationwide.  Miramonte has been successful in transforming its campus into a healthier place, meeting the rigorous healthy school benchmarks established by the program, which led to the prestigious awards.

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