Dimensions of Learning Academy is President’s Challenge Physical Fitness State Champion School

Principal Diana Pearson (left) and physical education teacher Terry Hedman.

There was excitement, cheers, and a definite sense of pride and school spirit during the daily all-school “morning meeting” at Dimensions of Learning Academy (DOLA) on Friday, and with good reason. The announcement was made that they had been awarded the title of President’s Challenge Physical Fitness State Champion School for 2011-2012.

This is the highest award for outstanding achievement in physical fitness, and DOLA, a Kenosha charter school, was the only school in the state of Wisconsin to receive this distinction for the ’11-’12 academic year.

Principal Diana Pearson and physical education teacher Terry Hedman presented individual awards to 37 DOLA students Friday morning, from grades 2 through 8.

Pearson praised Hedman for her dedication and excellence in teaching (citing her past nominations for “Teacher of the Year”), a factor that she credited in the school winning the award. One former student who is now in ninth grade even returned to accept his award in person, and to serve as a representative for other former students who couldn’t make it to the ceremony.

The President’s Challenge is a program of the Presidents’ Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and began in the 1960’s, as a fitness test for students. It includes challenges and physical fitness tests that schools around the country participate in each year, designed to encourage children to live healthier, more active lives. Awards are given to both schools as a whole, and to individual students.

Beginning in 2013, a new program, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, will be introduced.

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