Updated: June 8, 2014 6:40AM
SD 159 to take part in Project ACES
Students in Matteson-based School District 159 will participate Wednesday in Project ACES, sometimes called “the world’s largest exercise class,” at 10 a.m.
The event is part of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and National Physical Education Week.
Project ACES, which stands for All Children Exercise Simultaneously, was created in 1989 by Len Saunders, a New Jersey physical education teacher, as a way to motivate children to exercise, according to a press release from District 159. By participating, children learn the value and importance of good nutrition, adequate physical fitness and healthy decision-making, the release said.
Now in its 26th year, the noncompetitive project continues to stress the importance of lifelong fitness, according to the release.
Parents of District 159 students are encouraged to attend the events. Third- to fifth-graders will participate in a 5k walk, while first- and second-graders will be involved in activities at various Matteson parks — Woodgate and Neil Armstrong students at Woodgate Park, Marya Yates students at Allemong Park, and Sieden Prairie students at Notre Dame Park, according to the release.
Fill the Boot dates set
The annual Fill the Boot fundraiser involving Palos Fire Protection District Local No. 4480 will be held Friday, plus June 13 and July 18, at the intersections of 123rd Street and LaGrange Road, and Route 83 and Southwest Highway.
Celebrating a 60-year partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, firefighters will collect money to benefit local people with the disease that progressively weakens muscles.
Last year, more than 100,000 firefighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $26.2 million, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Funds raised will help support MDA’s programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support — which includes sending children to a weeklong MDA summer camp at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, Ill., according to a press release about the collection effort.