Round Meadow Elementary students danced, hula-hooped and ran obstacle courses at their annual Fitness Challenge Friday. For the past 18 years, the Hidden Hills school holds a month-long fundraising program devoted to nutrition and fitness which culminates in a day-long event encompassing grades K-5, according to Laura Page, event co-coodinator. “We divide the school up into four team colors and ask parents to pledge money for their kids,” said Page. “… Each team competes for points.” The team with the most points gets a free lunch donated by Brent’s Deli of Westlake Village, she said.
Mike Levinson, CV Happening Fit Family columnist, currently has five children children at the school, and this is his fifth year as a coordinator. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to raise money for the school as well as teach the kids about the importance of fitness and good nutrition,” he said.
Each team has eight minutes to run through six stations that include a musical warm-up, soccer, and obstacle course. They are then treated to healthy snacks donated by Whole Foods and Dole.
Ellen Creager was on-hand to photograph her third and fourth-graders. “This is the most fantastic event, because it gets the children aware of how important physical activity is, and they enjoy every minute of it,” she said.