EES kicks off Project Fit America

From School Reports

Eupora Elementary School officially kicked off the Project Fit America program with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning.

The school was selected last spring for the program, which is funded through a grant in excess of $26,000 from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

Through Project Fit America, Eupora Elementary students will have access to new exercise equipment that is installed on the playground, as well as curriculum and indoor physical education equipment.

A select group of students will also be tracked over a two-year period based on body mass index and performance on fitness tests using the equipment.

To officially kick off the program, EES welcomed special guest Sheila Grogan from the BCBS MS Foundation as well as Jack Treloar, superintendent of Webster County Schools. EES Principal Trey Rolison welcomed all students and guests as well as gave opening remarks.

Sixth-grade students Emily Hawes and Jalan Potts welcomed students with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Sixth-grade students Lauren Lusk and Savannah Horn read a poem titled “Fit Kid.”

EES Assistant Principal Sue Anne Boatman, organizer of the event and the coordinator of receiving the grant, introduced and welcomed Grogan.

EES physical education teacher Richard Pittman led Angela Gray’s fifth-grade students through a fitness demonstration on the new PFA exercise equipment.

Treloar gave closing remarks to the student body of Eupora Elementary School as well as guests to give his wishes and encouragement for a healthy, fit future for the students of EES.

The faculty and staff, as well as students at EES, said they are excited and are eager to use all facets of the Project Fit America curricula. The school gave a special thanks to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation for continued support of its students and their healthy future at EES.