Tuesday, Dec.10, 2013,Edison Elementary in Appleton, WI assembled to watch a video posted on U.S. Cellular’swebsite that determined their chance to implement a wellness room for theirschool.
Seconds later, students,teachers, and staff let out a huge cheer as their school name appeared in the winners’video. Then, eight U.S. Cellular representatives awarded them a $25,000 check partof the “Calling All Communities” campaign.
U.S. Cellular’s annualcampaign challenges schools to gather community support for a chance to win$25,000 in order to enhance their educational experience. Edison Elementary wasone of those winning schools, thanks to community support.
“People in the community instantly jumped on board as we knew that $25,000towards a wellness room will positively affect kids and families for generations to come. Everyone was ecstatic when we won,” said Chuck Heurkens, Physical Education teacher at Edison Elementary.
Their community came together to make this happen and now the school wants to get started as soon as possible. The school plans to use the money to purchase several exergames such as TWall,3Kick, and Touch Magic Flow, and other fitness equipment. The benefits they will gain by having the wellness room is a decrease in impulsivity, improvements in fitness and academic scores, and overall kids becoming more active.
“It’s not just about exercising, it’s about having fun and to how exercise makes you feel,” saidHeurkens.
As they hope to have the equipment ready by the middle of January, they would still like your help. The Edison Elementary wellness room project costs around $90,000. They are looking for donations or sponsorships to fulfill their goal and help kids stay healthy and be active. If you would like to help, please contact Exergame Fitness at 847-963-8969 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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