The 11th annual Kansas Kids Fitness Day provided third grade students in Unified School District 475 an opportunity to learn about the importance of implementing healthy fitness regimens in their lives at a young age.
Students were divided into groups Friday, and taken to various stations where they played games that promoted both fun and staying active.
Kansas State defensive lineman Trey Dishon talked to children during the event. Dishon talked about how he came to be a Kansas State football star, and how his healthy lifestyle helped him get there.
“I wish I knew some things when I was younger,” Dishon said. “How you eat, the decisions you make on what you eat; that is what makes you healthy. Learning that is key when you are young.”
This was the 28th year Kansas has held the Kansas Kids Fitness Day program across the state, and the 11th year USD 475 schools participated. The event is held on the last Friday in April.
Franklin Elementary School physical education teacher Kelli Thissen thanked numerous members of the community for continuing to make the event possible.
“With budget cuts, the state was no longer able to provide supplies to continue hosting this program,” Thissen said. “Without donations and support from the Geary County Schools Foundation, Central National Bank, Jill Ellner and the Dental Health group, the Fort Riley and Junction City fire departments, and support from USD 475 and numerous volunteers through Kansas State University, this event wouldn’t be possible. The physical education teachers in this district are also an intricate part of this event.”