Weston Middle School to Receive $100,000 Fitness Center

Weston Middle School was recently selected by the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) Don’t Quit campaign to receive a $100,000 fitness center. The middle school is one of three Oregon schools selected.

The Ribbon Cutting for the Weston Middle School Fitness Center is on Wednesday, September 20 at 9 AM at the school. The public is welcome to attend.

Ann Vescio, principal of Weston Middle School and coordinator of the fitness center for the Athena-Weston School District, said the district and community are very excited to receive the center. “We are so pleased that our school was chosen and that we can benefit for so many years in the future from this opportunity,” Vescio said.

According to Vescio, the fitness center will be used as part of the middle school’s Physical Education program and allow the school to offer an age-appropriate, after-school weight lifting activity for middle school students. In addition, Weston Middle School hopes to work with the City of Weston to open the facility in the future to community members, said Vescio.

Three Weston Middle School students produced a video application that impressed the selection committee, Vescio said.

Plans for the state-of-the-art fitness centers will be unveiled this fall. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. All public and private elementary and middle schools in Oregon were eligible to apply for the Don’t Quit! campaign.

In a press release from the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Governor Kate Brown congratulated all three Oregon schools that were selected. “It’s no secret that when healthy eating and exercise are introduced during adolescence, young people continue to make those good decisions throughout their lives. I thank the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for helping these three middle schools promote active lifestyles in young Oregonians,” Brown said.

Oregon, Colorado, Louisiana and Maryland were selected to participate in the 2017 NFGFC Don’t Quit! campaign. Since 2012, NFGFC has delivered fitness centers in 18 states and Washington, D.C. The foundation's goal is to place fitness centers in all 50 states. For more information about the NFGFC, www.natgovfit.org.

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