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5/10/2013 1:45:00 PM
Dimmick students follow Obama's 'Let's Move' initiative

Submitted photoStudents prepare to run the second annual Dimmick Dash at the school recently. Training for the 5K is part of the school's health and wellness program for grades 5-8.
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Students prepare to run the second annual Dimmick Dash at the school recently. Training for the 5K is part of the school's health and wellness program for grades 5-8.
NT Staff

Dimmick Grade School had its second annual Dimmick Dash this week. Students began the day by pinning on bib numbers, entering the gym for a warm-up and stretching. Students then sang the national anthem before heading out to the starting line.

The event is part of the health and wellness program at Dimmick School.

“Part of our strategic plan is to provide nutrition and fitness programs and activities to build awareness of healthy and active lifestyle choices both in the school an the community,” said Joel Foster, physical education teacher and athletic director. “We want the children to have a positive experience with physical activity that will encourage them healthy and active lifestyles. Running is just one of the many things children can do to be active.”

As part of the PE curriculum, Dimmick School students in fifth through eighth grades are required to complete a 5K training unit that culminates with the Dimmick Dash. Younger students are not required to run it, but it is encouraged. Teachers, parents, and community members are also encouraged to participate.

“It is so neat to see the students complete the 3.1 miles with their teachers and classmates while encouraging each other along the way.  We hope to make it a Dimmick School tradition that the school and community can have fond memories of,” Foster said.

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