London elementary students get fit

September 14, 2017 by  

New playground equipment at London Elementary school will help improve the physical fitness of students there.

The equipment comes courtesy of Project Fit America, a nonprofit from California. The organization uses physical fitness programs at schools and community centers to help encourage healthier lifestyles. Grant money helps to cover the cost of installing the equipment at schools and other facilities. The Community Health Foundation provided the grant funding to London Elementary.

So far, only two schools in Laurel County are participating in Project Fit: London Elementary and Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary. However, the two schools join six others in the larger area.

Jessie Montgomery, who oversees the program in local schools, told the Sentinel Echo:

“[Word] is getting out and we’ve seen a lot of interest locally. The playground equipment is not just limited to the schools – it is available to the community as a means of getting people interested in being fit. It is really a community playground.”

After installing new fitness or playground equipment, schools often use area print companies to inform residents about the equipment and to provide instructions on the safest way to use it.

Although the official kick-off for the new program at London Elementary isn’t until October 5, students have already begun trying out the equipment. Some students participated in an outdoor skills tests, which involved climbing up cables. Those who made it all the way up achieved the Gold level.