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August 4, 2013

Fitness boon at NT schools thanks to grant

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Tonawanda News — With the funds coming in incrementally over three years, the district’s four elementary schools will also gain climbing walls, technology advancements and interactive equipment sometime in 2014. 

“We’re going to be among the best programs in the area,” Bullis said. 

Bullis envisions the funding not only buttressing the athletic department, but also causing sweeping changes in physical education programs that could have a far-reaching effects. The grants comes as the country continues grappling with increased rates of childhood obesity. A Frisbee golf course, badminton, pool weights and spinning classes are among the installations planned for the next several years. 

“If we strengthen our physical education program and teach the kids life skills it will also support our athletic department as a whole and leave the students with life-long lessons they can take with them,” she said. 

Because of the terms of the grant the district will receive the funding in three parts, Superintendent Greg Woytila believes will allow for work at the district’s four elementary schools to ensue next year. 

“We’d probably would not been able to get anything like this in the next 10 or 15 years without the grant,” he said. “It’s huge.” 

“It was just one tiny little room” said Chris Woodward, a junior football and basketball player of the old weight room. “There’s been a lot more kids coming in.” 

Jacob Ferry, a senior who was playing basketball in the high school gymnasium Friday, also has seen the change. 

“I think it’s crazy how many more people have come in,” he said. “There’s been at least double the number of students.” 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115. 

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