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Students at LeMoyne and McKinley-Brighton Take Part in UNICEF Kid Power Program

By Staff


IMG_0442Third, fourth and fifth graders at LeMoyne Elementary, as well as fourth graders at McKinley-Brighton, have recently taken part in the UNICEF Kid Power program.

UNICEF Kid Power is a program of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and is underway in 13 cities this spring to allow students to get active and save lives.

Through Kid Power, students have received a Kid Power activity band, which allows them to earn points for their physical activity. And, for approximately every 24,000 steps they’ve taken, a packet of therapeutic food has been unlocked for a malnourished child around the world.

Teachers have also received a tablet to use for measuring progress class by class, as well as a collection of curriculum, media and supporting materials.

The interdisciplinary lessons were standards-aligned, and included kinesthetic learning, and international games, in order to help students learn while they earned Kid Power points, according to officials.

Students worked together  to complete lessons, games and activities, and to see who could take the most steps during the program.

“Our students at SU benefit because they gain experience with sports philanthropy and providing support to the city schools,” Dr. Teresa MacDonald, director of the Sport and Human Development Institute at Syracuse University, stated. “And the city students get to have fun while learning about malnutrition around the world.”

MacDonald led the effort to bring the program to SCSD schools.

The university has provided funds for 200 students to participate in the program through a partnership between SU and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

“Our students learned that they can be ambassadors for people around the world, and contribute internationally through the things they do in their own communities,” LeMoyne principal Jason Armstrong stated. “It also helped promote a more active lifestyle by pairing their fitness activities to the contribution of therapeutic food to malnourished children around the world.”

Students at LeMoyne and McKinley-Brighton have taken enough steps to send more than 700 packets of therapeutic food to developing nations.

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