Barnes students get a kick out of Healthy Kids Day

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Students at Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary were treated with a day of fun and fitness last Thursday as the school celebrated Healthy Kids Day.

Valerie Jackavone, the Nurse at Barnes, pulled out all the stops for the students at the school by planning the huge event during the last several months. Nine health related stations were set up both inside and outside the school that students cycled through every 20 minutes.

Stations included set ups by DJ Bob, who got the kids moving with upbeat music and renditions of the Chicken Dance. Johnston’s own Rondeau’s Kickbocking was on hand with demonstrations of self defense and martial arts.

The Johnston Cheerleaders provided multiple demonstrations of cheer routines in which groups jumped, clapped, and learned various moves. Kids also got moving with two nutrition themed stations which showcased games and contests. An asthma exhibit and a food safety program presented by Aramark gave the children information on healthy choices.

Johnston’s finest also provided a wealth of information about their daily duties. Officer David Slinko with Commercial Enforcement brought his SUV that he uses on patrol and showed students the tools of his trade. Johnston’s firefighters also provided a demonstration using one of their trucks, topped off by a spray of their fire hose. They were joined by Officers Doug Gould and Anthony Larango of the Providence Police Department, who brought their police horses Charlie and Goliath for a display of their abilities.

Children enjoyed a full cookout complete with hot dogs and hamburgers, along with a performance of a Michael Jackson impersonator. Funding for the event was helped by a grant provided by Representative Deborah Fellela and Senator Frank Lombardo, III. Jackavone said that she hopes the fun filled day helps kids make good choices when it comes to playing, eating, and living.

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