PLYMOUTH — For the second year in a row, the Circle Program announced Holderness Central School as the winner of the 2014 Circle Trot School Spirit Challenge. This challenge was designed in 2013 to get more youth participating in healthy living by walking or running in the Circle Trot, a spring 2K/5K/10K race put on by the Circle Program in collaboration with Plymouth State University’s Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities.
Twenty-nine schools from Concord to Lincoln were in the running this year. Registered Circle Trot participants were able to vote for their own school or whatever school they affiliated themselves with. Parents, teachers, students and friends came out to participate and vote. The award was given to the highest percentage of votes per school's total student population. Holderness Central School (15%) led the way again, taking the win over runner-up, Plymouth Elementary School (5%). Other top finishers included Lin-Wood School (3.6%), Thornton Central School (3.2%) and Newfound Middle School (3%).
In a small ceremony Holderness Central was awarded $400 to go towards sports and wellness programs, generously donated by Sippican Partners Construction Management of Ashland, NH. In attendance were Holderness Central School Principal, William VanBennekum, Sippican Partner’s, Sam Barnum, Circle Trot Race Director, Brooke Wakefield, several Circle Trotter students and Kim Johnstone of Holderness Central School’s Wellness Committee.
Holderness Central School plans to use the funds for their annual Wellness Week that includes exercise, sleep, safety and nutritional facts among other things. During a full week of activities kids will have a hula hoop and jump rope contest, sample smoothies with ingredients such as kale, yogurt, and apples, yoga and meditation and a dance performance by PSU students. During recess kids will get the chance to feel the effect of their food choices by eating one single M&M and then “walking it off” over 120 yards around the school yard.