nwnews-now : local news in your e-mail box as it happens

School

Woodmoor gets in shape, receives check from Ronald McDonald

fitness music station All Woodmoor students and their parents are invited to "Sweatin' to the Beat," a family fitness event scheduled for May 14 at 7 p.m. at the school.
   Besides aerobic routines and games, the evening will feature the presentation of a check from the Ronald McDonald's Children's Charities for $4,770 that will go toward equipping a fitness music station at the school. The grant will be used to buy: six sturdy stair steppers, a treadmill, ergometer, cardioglide and a stereo system.
   The fitness music station is a room in which students can work on improving their individual fitness levels, record fitness levels to produce a fitnessgram, exercise with various equipment, watch a video to analyze their skills, observe teaching tapes, select their own music for various activities, and produce music for personalized exercise tempo and style.
   "The inclusion of music, computers, and technology are tools for motivating students to work out and become fit," said Renee Colleran, physical education teacher who coordinates the program along with music teachers Patti Bagnall and Sharon Potts.
   "We are tremendously grateful to Ronald McDonald Children's charities," Colleran said. Assistance was also provided by Canyon Park Junior High and the school PTA. A young man working on his Eagle Scout project will also contribute to the effort by putting up graphics on the walls and building speaker platforms in the station's corners.