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Students at Woodland Consolidated School are going for the gold in the fifth annual WinterKids Winter Games

WOODLAND, Maine – Students from Woodland Consolidated School are participating in the WinterKids Winter  Games for four weeks beginning Jan. 17. Students compete in a series of outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges designed to help them be active in the winter and learn healthy habits.

Each school is encouraged to involve volunteers, parents, healthy eating, and active living  organizations in their community, and hold a winter carnival to close out the month’s events. This year’s WinterKids Winter Games theme is Winter Olympic Games.

Schools applied for entry into the Winter Games, in hopes of earning the top prize-$10,000! All elementary schools in Maine’s 16 counties were eligible to participate. This year, 22 schools reaching 3805 children and over 900 teachers and staff, will be competing. Woodland Consolidated  School is one of the Aroostook County schools for 2022. Schools competing in the WinterKids Winter Games receive a toolkit full of resources and incentives to help students earn points, including the  brand new WinterKids Learn Outside Guide – an easy to use resource to help kids move, learn, and explore outdoors while meeting education standards.  

“We love winter, and our students are excited to compete in the WinterKids Winter Games! This is an exciting opportunity to showcase healthy behaviors with our students, and to work toward earning  prizes for our school! We have a series of activities planned this month, including skiing, sliding, skating, a Snowball Biathlon, Foods From Around the World, Family Fun Night, Snow Shoeing, and an awesome Winter Carnival.” 

Schools participating in the WinterKids Winter Games accrue points for cash prize awards: $10,000 – Gold Medal School, $7,5000 – Silver Medal School, and $5,000 – Bronze Medal School. The remaining 19 schools will also receive cash awards based on their place at the end of the competition. A total of $50,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded by WinterKids this year. 

For more information about Woodland Consolidated School involvement in the WinterKids Winter Games, please contact Jennifer Holmes at 207-496-2981 or 207-999-9920 or email at  jenn.holmes@schoolunion122.net. For a complete list of participating schools or questions regarding the WinterKids Winter Games, please visit www.winterkids.org. 

WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. The organization delivers innovative outdoor programs for families, schools, and communities. WinterKids’ Major Community Sponsor is L.L. Bean. WinterKids’ Supporting Sponsors are Agren, Central Maine Power, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, WEX, WMTW Channel 8 and Maine’s The CW. The WinterKids Winter Games is also supported by Hannarford Snack  Pals, Backyard Farms, Subway of Maine, Aroma Joes, Kittery Trading Post, and MMG Insurance. Learn more at WinterKids.org.

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