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Gulfport school surprises students after winning national prize


A Gulfport school is being rewarded for its efforts to fight childhood obesity. This week, 28th Street Elementary received a prize for winning a national contest. That prize is a video game.   Don't worry. This video game really gives children a good workout.

More than 400-students at 28th Street Elementary were pumped Thursday as they waited anxiously to hear the big news. The school recently won a prize in the national "Casting Call Competition."

"There's a very special surprise for them. We have the unveiling of some special equipment that has been donated through the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program. I know they're going to be absolutely thrilled," said Principal Lea Bellon.

Teachers pulled back the cloth to reveal the prize, an Xbox Kinect. It's a six-foot tall, interactive video game and dance machine.

"I was so surprised. I almost started crying, because I was so happy," said fifth grader Charity Williams.

"I thought it was super awesome, because we already have a Wii. But now we have a Kinect Xbox," said fifth grader Jaleen January.

The mobile kiosk comes with a 32-inch HDTV and a camera that senses body motion. Students can dance along to the videos or play virtual games, like table tennis.

28th Street Elementary is the only school in Mississippi to receive this prize. The school won because of all the activities it has to encourage students to get at least 60-minutes of movement every day. For instance, the school hosted a special breakfast to encourage students to eat oatmeal.  It has also held a family health and fitness night and students take part in daily warm-ups every morning.

"It's just another venue for the students to increase exercise and physical activity in just a fun manner," said Nancy Roman, School Program Account Manager for the Southeast Dairy Association. 

The organization, along with the National Football League, created the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program.

28th Street Elementary is one of only 25 schools in the nation to win the Xbox equipment. It seems the school has made all the right moves to help children to fight the flab and get fit.

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