Students at Walker Elementary School are enjoying a new $100,000 fitness center on campus, the prize for being one of just six schools in California to shine in the Governor’s Fitness Challenge.
The challenge encouraged students across the state to exercise regularly. Walker students collectively logged more than 81,000 active days, with parents and teachers adding almost 50,000 days combined.
THINK Together’s CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Children’s Health) afterschool program added hours for Gabriel Organista and Francisco Alejo, who said, “We stay after school and do homework and have fitness time with our friends.”
Walker also started a Zumba dance class led by Melody Gonzalez, THINK Together’s Community Outreach Coordinator. Students and parents held dance-a-thons to help win their prize new fitness room – which includes more than 34 workout stations.
Body-by-Jake founder Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, complimented the Walker parents and students on how they pulled together for the kids. “You did it as a team, as a family and as a community,” said Steinfeld. “Academics and fitness go together.”
The community has also been actively engaged in an effort sponsored by the California Endowment: Santa Ana Building A Healthy Community. The effort has brought together residents, youth and local organizations like THINK Together, as part of a 10-year initiative to promote healthier communities.