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May 9, 2014

Samuel Morey has been recognized by the Vermont Department of Health as a school district winner. To be a school district winner the school needs to promote at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day outside of physical education classes. Here is an article that will be in a local newspaper about our school.

sme 05092014Fairlee – A 2nd grader at Samuel Morey Elementary School in Fairlee has completed 24 laps (seven miles) around a quarter-mile track in the past week during recess. 

The school is one of 24 statewide that will receive $1,000 from the Vermont Department of Health as a School Wellness District Winner. The Health Department recognizes schools that promote at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day outside of physical education classes. Schools have found innovative ways to promote exercise and better nutrition.

The award program, given annually in partnership with the Agency of Education, New England Dairy and Food Council, and the Vermont Health Education Initiative was started in 2003 to transform schools and communities into places where healthy lifestyle choices are easy.

A student at Samuel Morey who either walks or runs a total of eight laps each week is awarded a toe-shaped token that is attached to their shoelace as an award. The participation among the youngest students has been close to 100 percent, according to Principal Gail Keiling.

Matt Acquilano, physical education teacher said, "Little toe tokens on your shoelaces have become a badge of honor." 

The school has also reached out to the neighboring community to promote lifelong sports, including the Lake Morey Resort. Students are bused to the exclusive golf course each year and receive instruction from the club professional.

 "It is amazing how fast they learn," said Justin Bonnett, Lake Morey golf professional. "We see kids who have not had achance to see the golf course and it really is quite special . We have a partnership with the school to promote golf and exercise. It is heartwarming to see how excited they get, and we are hopeful they will take up the game."
By Robert Stirewalt