We are always excited to see how active Maine students are in Fuel Up to Play 60, and it’s fantastic to see Maine schools and students rewarded (beyond improved school wellness) for their involvement, whether through grants, scholarships, prizes, or opportunities to travel and attend leadership events. Recently, two more students were rewarded with grants to transform fitness within their schools. Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors Tyr Ronco of Ridge View Community School in Dexter and Boden Gould of Bath Middle School each received up to $1,000 from the Presidential Youth Fitness Program School Transformation Contest, a national grant competition that rewarded 100 students.
Tyr and his peers in the school’s Wellness Program would like to see year-round opportunities for fitness, not just within Ridge View, but for the entire community. The grant money will be used rebuild trails around the school to be used for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter and running and hiking in the warmer months. They also would like to update the small fitness center at the school and introduce lacrosse as a possible after school club.
“The grant money will increase the activities that are available to the students and community, help kids get more active, promote healthy life habits, and make our community a better place to live and play in,” Tyr wrote.
In his application, Boden said his school had the basic essentials for physical education but that the Fuel Up to Play 60 team and the school’s gym teacher would like to see other options available to students outside the mainstream gym equipment in hopes of making physical activity fun for more students. He requested funds for things like pogo sticks and four way tug of war ropes. He also asked for new goalie equipment for the school’s large floor hockey tournaments.
“I would like to have new floor hockey goalie equipment, so our goalies would be much safer while playing this sport,” he wrote. “Students also will not have to worry about being hit by a puck.”
Congratulations to both Boden and Tyr and their schools!