E-STEM Middle School Awarded Student Fitness Center Worth $100K
This fall, students at the new E-STEM Middle School will be staying fit and healthy in their very own fitness center.
Governor Tim Walz and The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), announced that E-STEM Middle won a grant for $100,000 worth of exercise equipment through the DON’T QUIT! Campaign. Part of the grant application included a video submission.
The athletic equipment is made for middle school students and ranges from elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, platform trainers and even a jungle gym with monkey bars. A room with large windows and direct access to the outdoors will be transformed into a "STEM Fitness Center."
“We know studies show that middle school students can benefit from regular exercise and can improve themselves not only physically, but also academically,” said Ben Harmon, physical education and health teacher.
Students will use the fitness center daily through physical education class or can choose to take an elective class for fitness training. The equipment will also serve another purpose: a calming and therapeutic tool for students who need to release extra energy before continuing their school work.
E-STEM Middle School focuses on science, technology, engineering and math – all through environmental education. The fitness center will serve as an additional classroom where students can learn about our biggest machine - our bodies.
“Creating a school community from the ground up is not something that happens every day in Saint Paul Public Schools,” said Jocelyn Sims, Principal. “We will be able to create a culture of fitness on day one.”
Planning is underway and will continue throughout the summer. The inaugural school community of students, staff and families will celebrate its grand opening in the fall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
E-STEM Middle will first open in Sept. 2019 to grade 6 with expansion to grades 7 and 8 in subsequent years.