Originally published April 7, 2019 in the Citizen Tribune.
Hamblen County Coordinated School Health and the Physical Education Department selected the top 30 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at each elementary school in Hamblen County to participate in the Elite Fitness Day held Wednesday at Burke-Toney Stadium.
Elite Fitness Day is for students at each elementary school that show exemplary performance on physical fitness tests. The students are measured by their physical education teachers in flexibility, upper body strength, speed and agility, and heart and lung endurance.
The goal is to promote and create awareness for the importance of physical activity and exemplify that Hamblen County schools are focusing on the health and overall wellness of students. Throughout the day students participated in at least one individual event and two team events.
“PE teachers work very hard throughout the year to encourage physical activity for students, which gives the opportunity for health to meet academics” said Kellie Smith, Hamblen County School Health Coordinator. “We are thrilled to be able to create a fun-filled day that’s about team and individual competition, school spirit, and sportsmanship.”
Also, more than 40 students from Morristown-Hamblen High School East assisted with various activities at the event.
Sponsors for the events included, Be Smart.Don’t Start. #tobaccofreehc, MD Pharmacy, Ricker Electric Inc., Malar Lighting Inc. and Morristown Pediatric Dentistry.