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N. Babylon school district gets $2,500 for fitness

The North Babylon school district has received a check for $2,500 as part of a pilot program to promote health and fitness programming in schools.

Cablevision, which owns Newsday, made the donation as part of its announcement of an initiative with the online charity site DonorsChoose.org. The program is an extension of Cablevision’s Power to Learn education initiative.

On the DonorsChoose.org website, Long Island teachers can post what they need for projects related to health, nutrition and fitness. Cablevision will match up to $40,000 in contributions made to those projects.

Cablevision’s Vice President of Education Trent Anderson said requests can be made for items ranging from jump ropes to a window garden. He said the requests will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Barbara Brown, a physical education teacher at North Babylon High School, said the $2,500 would be used to sponsor a “Falling into Fitness” fair that will feature walks around the track and booths related to healthy eating and fitness.

Brown said the district will launch a mentoring program in which high school athletes will help elementary school children learn about better food choices and fitness. The district also hopes to establish a walking program so that people can meet up and walk at the track together rather than exercising alone, Brown said.          

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