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Groveton High holds ribbon cutting for new fitness center


by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

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Students in Groveton celebrate, after holding a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony last week for their new high end fitness center. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
November 04, 2021
GROVETON — Last week, Groveton High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new state of the art fitness center on campus. Gov. Chris Sununu, Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils, sponsors and students cut the ribbons "virtually" on new DON'T QUIT Fitness Centers gifted to three New Hampshire schools. The schools, Portsmouth Middle School in Portsmouth, Groveton School in Groveton and Londonderry Middle in Londonderry, were selected as the state's most outstanding schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.

The program has the goal of creating fitness centers in each of the 50 states. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Wheels Up and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. The equipment is provided by Fitness in Motion.

Steinfeld said, "Physical activity and exercise have been shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life and reduce health care costs. In schools, physical activity and exercise have been shown to improve academic achievement, increase confidence and self-esteem, reduce discipline problems, cut absenteeism and foster better interpersonal relationships."

Superintendent Ronna Cadarette said, "SAU 58 and the Northumberland School District is honored and thrilled to have been chosen to be the recipients of such a generous gift. We have benefitted from the partnership throughout the fall with Bodies by Jake and the Don't Quit, Get Fit! Program."

Cadarette relayed that students were able to receive in-person training from Coach Brian and were thrilled to demonstrate their newfound expertise with the shiny exercise equipment.

"This initiative aligns perfectly with our focus on wellness and educating the whole child. Physical fitness is a key element always, but especially taking care of oneself during a pandemic where the social and emotional needs are particularly amplified for all of us as students and adult learners," said Cadarette.

The Superintendent added, "Wellness teacher Stacie Roberts did an amazing job writing this grant and spearheading efforts with students. Her enthusiasm and inspiration are truly contagious. Principal Erin Messer and Assistant Principal Sam Natti coordinated many events to make this happen as exemplary leaders in our schools."

"Last but far from least, Lisa Grimes did an amazing job with her buildings and grounds crew along with volunteers to transform this space throughout the spring and summer to ready it for this spectacular ribbon cutting. Thank you so much for awarding our students with the gift of fitness and knowledge," said Cadarette.

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