Mayor gives four local schools $250 for PE equipment and programs

Originally published Jan. 22, 2019 in the Standard-Journal.

By Victoria Varnedoe

REXBURG − Mayor Jerry Merrill gave money to several Madison County Schools on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Madison Middle School.

Mayor Merrill presented four checks, each worth $250, to Adams Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Madison Middle School. The money will be used for physical education equipment and programs. Read More

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Fit, Healthy Kids: A Community Challenge

Originally published Jan. 15, 2019 in the Redwood City Climate Online.

By Bill Shilstone

Redwood City may once have been considered the physical fitness capital of the United States, considering the nationally recognized program developed by Frank Griffin at Sequoia High School.

Griffin, who taught physical education at Sequoia from 1920-1960, developed a color-coded, incentive-based ability grouping system, then added an obstacle course that would have challenged Tarzan with its climbing and swinging apparatus in the many campus trees. Physical education teachers came from near and far to study, then copy. The Army, Navy and Marines asked him to design programs to whip their recruits into shape for World War II. Read More