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Eakin gets grants to encourage active kids

Sunday, December 23, 2012

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Jennifer Anthony meets Titans player Marc Mariani along with Amy Burleyson.
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Eakin Elementary received funds from Fuel Up To Play 60 in the amount of $4,000. The program was founded by the United Dairy Council and the National Football League based on a mutual commitment to the health of the next generation. Using its many "plays", the program encourages youth to eat healthy and move more.

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Mary Anne Alexander, Titans Mascot T-Rac, Janet Clarkson, Jennifer Anthony and Amy Burleyson meet to celebrate the Fuel Up initiative.
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"We are very grateful to our local partners, the Tennessee Titans and SUDIA (Southeast United Dairy Industry Association) for their generosity through this program," said Dulcie Davis, principal.

Students at Eakin began the program by signing a pledge to be physically active for 60 minutes each day. Eakin students have been participating in Wednesday Morning Walks led by physical education teacher Amy Burleyson.

"We take 10 minutes each Wednesday morning to walk the hallways in circular fashion while listening to music or books on tape," said Burleyson. "The activity prepares students' bodies and minds for the day ahead."

Other activities the school is participates in include a Hero's Breakfast, Milk Mustache Booth, and Build Your Own Smoothie Day. Funds through the grant will be used to supply fruit, vegetables, milk and a blender for the students to enjoy these activities. The physical education department has purchased new outdoor soccer goals, a Fun Hoop for the playground, balls, hula hoops and other items.

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Students Hunter Rutledge, Shilaya Tidwell, Dapne Solis, Elic Smith and Erman Garcia are among those who are participating in the program.
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