GREENVILLE, Ky. — Longest Elementary School celebrated Project Fit America yesterday, Sept. 30 as Baptist Health funded a $16,500 grant to build new fitness equipment on the playground and purchase physical education equipment for the school.

Muhlenberg County School Superintendent Randy McCarty addressed the crowd of students, teachers and guests. McCarty encouraged the students to become fit, touting the benefits physical fitness will bring to their lives.

State Rep. Brent Yonts addressed the student body warning the children of the various health problems such as heart disease and diabetes if they let their bodies get out of shape. He then deputized the entire student body of Longest Elementary as the Deputy Health People for the Commonwealth, encouraging the children not only to stay healthy but also to encourage others such as their parents to eat properly, exercise and lead healthy lifestyles.

Chasity Barker, Longest Elementary art teacher awarded poster contest winners. Trenaty Floyd took third place in the contest, Garrett Wells took second place and Hannah Clemons took first place in the schoolwide contest.

The ceremony came to a close after students modeled the various exercises that can be done on the new equipment to help students become physically fit. The hula hoops used weigh three pounds each.

The group of fourth-grade students danced to the song “The Exercise Tango.”

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