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Wicomico Schools Kick Off Play 60 Initiative Monday

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SALISBURY, Md - Some 240 student leaders from 24 Wicomico County Public Schools gathered Monday at Salisbury University's Seagull Stadium to kick off the school system's year-long Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, with kickoff support from the SU Seagulls football team and Coach Sherman Wood, former NFL players Qadry Ismail and Robert Royal, and the mascots of the Baltimore Ravens and SU.


After piloting Fuel Up to Play 60 at Prince Street Elementary, Westside Intermediate and Westside Primary in recent years, Wicomico will be awarded $104,000 by the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association to fund countywide participation in Fuel Up to Play 60 at 24 schools. With support this year from the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Fuel Up to Play 60, 


Wicomico Schools will aim to boost student wellness and performance throughout this school year with a greater focus on being active and eating healthy. With the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association's support for Fuel Up to Play 60 in Wicomico, the school system will aim to boost student wellness and performance throughout this school year with a greater focus on being active and eating healthy. 


“We are really putting the focus on achievement and physical activity and healthy eating,” said Jason Miller, Principal of Westside Intermediate and a leader in the countywide Fuel Up initiative. “Making sure students have the chance to get their bodies moving will help ensure better brain activity, so we'll be looking forward to seeing benefits both to student health and student achievement. We're excited that one Wicomico school will be selected for a visit by an active NFL player later this school year, too.”


The goals of the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative include engaging students in planning and staging fitness drills and activities, improving student academic performance and health by incorporating physical activity throughout the day, and aiming to help students reach the goal of having at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day.


“Wicomico County is doing many things, both with staff and with schools, to improve wellness and fitness,” said Michael Charlton, supervisor of physical education and health education. “Programs like Fuel Up to Play 60 and Playworks, along with our employee wellness program, will have an immediate positive impact and long-term benefits for Wicomico students, families and the community.”

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