Elementary school is about learning the basics and the students at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caldwell are now learning how to have a healthy lifestyle. With a brand new track they are excited to get off on the right step.
It may seem like a simple luxury, but Lewis and Clark Principal Leigh Peebles says the asphalt track is making a difference.
"It was an instant hit with the kids, they are out here all the time, as soon as they get here in the morning they get out here and start walking," said Peebles.
It may be fun for the kids to race around at top speed or walk and talk with a group of friends but its all part of an important message.
"We want them to have an active, healthy lifestyle and to get involved. We really encourage that our kids come out and get exercise that this is their track, this is their community and this is their life," said Peebles.
All made possible by a $15,000 grant from FitOne to help kids get active.
"Preschool through fifth grade are starting to develop those lifelong habits now, and there is a heavy need in Idaho and in this community and we can start to change those lifestyle habits now,” said Peebles.
The kids have started to bring home and share their healthy habits.
"Their families are out here on the weekends and after school so that tells me they are really starting to embrace what this is, they want to be involved and do great things for their own life and that trickles over into the families, which is wonderful," said Peebles.
The school hopes to add on to their facilities by adding new fitness stations in the near future to keep their kids happy and healthy.
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