LEICESTER, Mass. — Friday was "Black Out Bullying" Day at Leicester Primary School, and after a day of taking part in anti-bullying activities in class and gym, students came together after school to take part in a nationwide exercising event.
In preparation for the day, students have been putting together an Anti-Bullying Quilt that was hung in the gymnasium, and on Friday they wore black to signify their commitment to "blacking out" bullying.
After school, students took part in ACES (all children exercising simultaneously) — a nation-wide initiative to fight obesity — by participating in 20 minutes of exercising.
Physical Education/Health Teacher Sandy Woods led hundreds of children in a series of fun dances that had them spinning, jumping, and joyfully joining arms in a symbolic gesture of fitness and unity with millions of school children all over the globe.
For three years, the event has become part of the school tradition, and every year high school students watch from atop the hill and join in the dances as well.
In line with this effort, this year Primary School received a $3,100 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant from the National Dairy Council and the NFL aimed at getting students involved in creating a healthier school environment that promotes student health, learning and achievement.
Through the program, students pledge to choose more nutritious foods, such as low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, veggies and whole grains, and get 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Primary's grant was used to support fitness events such as Taste Test Days, Parents in Physical Education Week, and the Walk It program, as well as to buy pedometers, balls, and other fitness equipment.