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Project Fit America ribbon-cutting

posted Oct 22, 2018, 11:22 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 11:23 AM ]
Just before Fall Break 2018, students and school staff members joined with representatives from sponsors Jane Phillips Medical Center and Truity Credit Union to celebrate the launch of Project Fit America at Woodrow Wilson.

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by demonstrations by students of the new outdoor fitness equipment. The equipment is specifically designed to address fitness areas in which many children struggle.

Sara Freeman, community advocate at Truity Credit Union, told Emily Droege of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise“Just remember that one of the reasons our credit union likes to do this is because we like to make things better. We like to make our community better. We like to make our schools better, and we like to make sure everyone who lives in Bartlesville gets to be a little bit better.”

Brian Lawrence, director of operations at Jane Phillips Medical Center, thanked the school’s leaders and volunteers who helped install the equipment. Reporter Droege also quoted him: “We feel like a great place to start is with you young people. If we can teach you today the things that help keep us healthy and strong through exercise and different activities, then we know you’ll be able to give back to our community for many years to come, and that’s why this is important for us."

A grant funded by Jane Phillips Medical Center and Truity Credit Union provided the Project Fit America (PFA) program to each school which includes state-of-the-art fitness equipment specifically designed to address the deficit areas where children fail fitness tests. The grant includes installation and a dynamic curriculum with games, activities, and challenges for kids with PFA outdoor & indoor equipment. The program also teaches character development, sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership skills. The academic emphasis is to create “physically educated” children and to empower them to take personal responsibility for their health with enthusiasm. PFA also provides support to the schools for two years along with on-site training with each physical education teacher.

Five of the elementary schools in Bartlesville are now Project Fit America schools.

Photos courtesy of Laci Harris, BPSD Community Relations Coordinator
PE teacher Brittany Whaling and Principal Angie Linthacum at the ribbon-cutting, with Sara Freeman of Truity Credit Union, Brian Lawrence of Jane Phillips Medical Center, and BPSD administrators Dianne Martinez, Stephanie Curtis, and Jason Langham

Hula hoops
Principal Linthacum and students try out the new hula hoops.

Wilson Demonstration 1
A student demonstrates one of the new pieces of outdoor equipment.

Demonstration 2
A student demonstrates another new piece of equipment.