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Hedke Students Participate in World's Largest Exercise Class

Students participated in All Children Exercising Simultaneously Day at Richard C. Hedke Elementary School.

Hundreds of students joined millions of children around the world in 15 minutes of exercise Wednesday morning to celebrate All Children Exercising Simultaneously Day (A.C.E.S.).

Dressed in t-shirts and sneakers, Hedke students marched out to the school's soccer field and whipped through a previously learned routine of running, clapping and dancing.

The smiles could be seen from Marion Street as students showed off their favorite dance moves in an effort to work up a sweat and promote good health.

Since 1984, the first Wednesday of May marks the day when children put their pencils down and get outside to exercise simultaneously as part of an effort created by the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc.

This year marks the 14th consecutive year Michigan schools have participated in the event.

Hedke gym teacher and tennis coach Lynne Herman helped organize the event and spoke to children about the importance of keeping your body and mind healthy and fit.

Herman invited local heroes to participate in an assembly in the Hedke gym following the outdoor event. Trenton High School athletes, both former and current, got a chance to offer advice to the children and promote staying active.

Former Trenton High School and Michigan State University football player and attended the event along with interim Superintendent and former high school basketball coach Larry Leapley.

Trenton High School athletic director Bret Woodley brought a gang of current high school sports stars including Blake Wojtala, Mike Czarnecki, Michael Lesko, Lauren Featherston, Megan Wilson and .

"I came to show them that being a part of a team is really important, and staying fit is also important," Wilson said.

The Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League .

"I feel that sports are important, as well as exercise," Wojtala said.

Nate Stemen (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 06:42 PM
How often do you exercise?
Len Saunders May 04, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Loved watching this. You all did a great job! Len Saunders National ACES Coordinator www.lensaunders.com

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