Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, along with students and local dignitaries cut the ribbon on Uniontown’s new $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center, during a ceremony in the West Bourbon Elementary School gym.
During the opening speech before the students, teachers, and guests, Steinfeld said that exercise helps students stay focused and therefore improves student learning.
He encouraged the students to stay active their whole lives.
“When you have your health and you have hope, that’s what I believe the American dream is all about,” Steinfeld said.
The opening of the new USD 235 Fitness Center created excitement at the West Bourbon Elementary School Thursday morning, not only for students but the Uniontown community.
The reason: Community members will be using the equipment in the future, as well as students.
Last month USD 235 Superintendent Brett Howard was uncertain if the community would be able to use the equipment in addition to the students as originally planned, due to liability insurance issues.
The insurance issues were resolved at the board meeting this week, WBE Principal Vance Eden, said in an interview.
The details of the public use of the fitness center will be worked on this week, and it will be open to the public next week, according to Howard in an interview.
The ceremony moved from the elementary school gym to the site of the new fitness center across the road at the junior high school, where the ribbon cutting took place. The center is housed in the former library of the school.
The USD 235 students starting at 4th grade will begin using the facility next week, Physical Education Teacher Jackie Hall said.
“We are so excited for our kids to have this opportunity,” she said.