Hayward Elementary enters fitness equipment competition

Julie Rach

Hayward Elementary students may soon get a chance to receive free indoor and outdoor physical fitness equipment for the school.

The school is participating in a statewide competition for $16,900 in Project Fit America equipment that will be donated to one Nebraska School by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.

Principal Scot Davis said that the grant winner will be announced on May 8.

He discussed the program during the March 9 meeting of the Nebraska City Public Schools board of education.

Davis said Hayward was invited to apply for the grant, and only invited schools are in the running for the equipment donation.

If selected, Hayward would receive indoor equipment of 1,000 cardio cups for cup building and a set of five weighted squad hoops.

Outdoor equipment that could arrive at Hayward includes a horizontal ladder, a set of parallel bars, a set of pull-up bars, a pole climb station, a sit-up station, a step test station, and a vault bar.

If selected to receive the equipment, Hayward would also receive curriculum, lesson plan supplies and onsite physical education training with a Project Fit America PE teacher.

PFA is a national non-orofit organization that creates and administers fitness education programming in elementary and middle schools.