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Elementary schools moving toward fitness

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com

Students at both Meneley and Scarselli Elementary schools are hoping to leap their way into the Guinness Book of World Records this week; both schools participated in the 24-hour “Let’s Move” national initiative held from noon to noon on Oct. 11 and 12.

On Oct. 11 at noon, First Lady Michelle Obama did one minute of jumping jacks with students, members of the WNBA and NBA, representatives from National Geographic for Kids, and many others. This event kicked off an international attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “The Most People Doing Jumping Jacks in a 24-Hour Period.” Schools and groups all across the nation participated, as did various organizations in countries all over the globe.

In an all-school effort, students at both sites did simultaneous jumping jacks; Scarselli students performed theirs just before dismissal on Oct. 11, Meneley students jumped first thing in the morning on Oct. 12. Parents and other volunteers were on hand to record the events with photos and videos, and there is a chance that local students could have their photo published in National Geographic for Kids magazine or even the Guinness Book of World Records.

The “Let’s Move” initiative was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, and is “dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.” The initiative encourages wholesome eating combined with physical activity, and offers pointers and helpful hints to parents, schools, elected officials, chefs, and kids who are interested in living a healthy lifestyle. For more information, log onto http://www.letsmove.gov.

Witch to brew up special stories at the Library

Tilly the Witch (also known as Library Services Coordinator, Carol Nageotte) invites children ages four and up to Douglas County Public Library in Minden on Tuesday, Oct. 25 for Spooky Story time. Starting at 6 p.m., Tilly will share stories from the books “Making Friends with Frankenstein: A Book of Monstrous Poems and Pictures,” by Colin McNaughton and “The Spook Matinee: And Other Scary Poems for Kids,” by George Ulrich. Other library books, special pop-up books, and a flashlight story will be featured. The program will end with Tilly’s reading of her favorite poem, “Spider on the Floor.” 

Children are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes for this special event, and attendees will receive a special treat bag to take home.

The Douglas County Public Library is located at 1625 Library Lane in Minden. Visit them on Facebook or Twitter, at http://www.douglas.lib.nv.us, or call them at 782-9841.