Contributed, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • January 8, 2020
BROWNVILLE — Students from the Brownville Elementary School are participating in the WinterKids Winter Games in January. Students compete in a four-week series of outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges designed to help them be active in the winter and learn healthy habits. Each school is encouraged to involve volunteers, parents, healthy eating and active living organizations in their community and hold a winter carnival to close out the month’s events. This year’s WinterKids Winter Games theme is STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
WinterKids selected two schools in each of Maine’s 16 counties to participate this year for a total of 7,200 students and 750 teachers. Schools compete for weekly points based on the total percentage of the student body that participates. Brownville Elementary is one of the Piscataquis County schools for 2020 (the Greenville Consolidated School is the other). Schools competing in the WinterKids Winter Games receive a toolkit full of resources and incentives to help students earn points, including the award-winning WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning — an easy to use resource to help kids move, learn, and explore outdoors while meeting education standards.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to participate in the WinterKids Winter Games,” Principal Carol Smith said. “Students are getting outside and are taking part in activities that are challenging them both physically and mentally. We hope we can earn some prizes for our school.”
Schools participating in the WinterKids Winter Games accrue points for cash prize awards: $5000 – Gold Medal School, $3000 – Silver Medal School and $1,500 – Bronze Medal School. There are honorable mentions and prizes for all participating schools.
For more information about Brownville Elementary involvement in the WinterKids Winter Games, please contact Smith at 207-965-8184 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete list of participating schools or questions regarding the WinterKids Winter Games, please visit winterkids.org.
WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. The organization delivers innovative outdoor programs for families, schools, and communities. WinterKids’ major community sponsor is Hannaford. WinterKids supporting sponsors are Agren, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Irving Oil, L.L. Bean, Portland Glass and WEX. The WinterKids Winter Games is also supported by The Bingham Program, TD Bank, Sam L. Cohen Foundation, Emera Maine, Let’s Go!, Subway of Maine, Backyard Farms, Johnny’s Seeds, UNE, Ski Maine Association, and MMG Insurance. Learn more at WinterKids.org.
Photo courtesy of Brownville Elementary
WINTERKIDS WINTER GAMES IN BROWNVILLE — Brownville Elementary students are participating in the WinterKids Winter Games, competing in a four-week series of outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges designed to help them be active in the winter and learn healthy habits.