Originally published Dec. 15, 2022 in the LI Herald-Baldwin.
By Andre Silva
Baldwin elementary students tested their athletics abilities in the Annual Fitness Jamboree hosted by the fire department last week.
Fourth and fifth grade students contested for first place in the Baldwin Fire Department’s annual fitness competition, which invites students to participate in several physical fitness tests to win the prized Fitness Jamboree t-shirt and certificate.
Fourth and fifth grade students that qualified as school finalists in their elementary school’s physical fitness test were invited to compete against each other in a district wide jamboree at the Baldwin High School after school ended on Dec. 9. The event was ran by high school students participating in Athletes Helping Athletes — a non-profit organization focused on connecting local athletes with special needs to student-athletes in order to inspire mutual benefit and respect — and elementary school physical education teachers, like Tyshawn “Ty” Scarlett, district director of health, physical education and athletics.
“The Fitness Jamboree is a wonderful Baldwin tradition that provided a sense of normality,” said Scarlett. “It was great seeing our elementary students showcasing their skills at the high school in front of a cheering crowd. The gymnasium was full of smiles! Overall, it was a spectacular event.”
Students participated in four different physical events — push-ups, sit-ups, the shuttle run, and the long jump, which were divided by grade and gender.