MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - New Mount Vernon Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton was among 30 superintendents who took part in a national discussion in Washington, D.C. earlier this week regarding the importance of physical activity in schools.
On Monday, Hamilton teamed with superintendents from around the country at the White House to support Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Dignitaries in attendance included President’s Council members Grant Hill, Alonzo Mourning and Jason Collins and student ambassadors from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. They discussed the importance of exercise in school so students can get the most out of every school day both academically and physically.
Students shared their personal experiences with fitness in school and offered their perspective, while the educators debated the best way to spread the word about the importance of physical education to their peers around the country.
Each of the superintendents pledged to emphasize physical education and activity in their school districts.
“We have been part of this campaign from the very beginning,” said Daniel Domenech, executive director of the School Superintendents Association, in a statement. “Students have to come to school ready to learn. We recognize that physical fitness, health and nutrition are very important. I am pleased to see so many superintendents realize the importance of the Let’s Move! Campaign.”
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