STOWE PA – Fitness can be fun, wellness can be tasty, and families – not just children – can participate in and benefit from both. That’s one of the messages delivered to parents and students last week (April 27, 2017) at West Pottsgrove Elementary School during its Healthy Kids Day and Family Fitness Night activities.
Daytime health-related events have been a staple of the West Pottsgrove curriculum for the past three years, Principal Terri Koehler explained. Introduction of an evening portion of the program, however, brought adults and the community into the Grosstown Road building as well. It made this year’s edition “an overwhelming success” and worth repeating in the future, she said.
The hit of both the day and night sessions, Koehler added, was an inflatable obstacle course (at top) made possible through a donation from event sponsor PMSI Comprehensive Healthcare, and supplied by JAMB Party Rentals.
Families could join in an “Escape Room Fitness Challenge,” in which they completed several tasks to unlock a code and escape. Instructors from Next Level Martial Arts gave a demonstration, and an instructor from Premier Dance Studio engaged students and parents with a dance lesson. Representatives of the 422 Sportsplex offered a soccer demonstration. McCormick Chiropractic provided information and consultations to interested parents.
Chartwells Food Service Director Cindy Hontz, whose company manages the building’s cafeteria operations, served up smoothies (below) that can be made without a blender. Samples of those were available, and students also tried their hand at making their own. Other snacks and water on hand were covered by donations from Wawa, Giant Food Stores, and the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation.
Fitness themed door prizes were presented throughout the event.
Other community organizations on hand included:
- Art Fusion 19464, which conducted a make-and-take art workshop;
- Pottstown Regional Public Library, providing families with information on summer programs, and how to get a library card;
- Community Health and Dental Care, which brought along its mascot to share information about its services;
- The Pottstown YMCA, with information about summer programs;
- Head Start, to discuss its program for community children; and
- Creative Health, to share information about its programs and services.
West Pottsgrove Wellness Committee members who planned the event are Tom Yenchick, Julie Farris, Jean Randall, Melissa Holloway, Marianne Harrison, Matt Pawlik, Leah Quigley, and Koehler.
Photos from West Pottsgrove Elementary School