Carroll schools kick off NFL Play 60 program

Charles Carroll Elementary students danced their way into the annual NFL Play 60 campaign as they wrapped up a school-wide assembly promoting the event with a rendition of the hokie pokie, chicken dance and the cha-cha slide.

"There seems to be a real good energy about the school," Charles Carroll physical education teacher Brett Ecker said aferward. "The kids are excited."

Carroll County Pubic Schools, along with the Baltimore Ravens, kicked off Project ACES (Active Children in School) Monday as part of the nationwide NFL Play 60 campaign.

Over the next two weeks, health and physical education teachers will encourage elementary students to engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Ecker said as part of the program students will also be incorporating physical activity into the morning announcements by running in place and doing jumping jacks along with other exercises.

Students will track their activity through a journal and students who log 60 minutes for each day of the challenge will be entered in a raffle to win various prizes.

Three winners will be invited to the Ravens game Thanksgiving Day, where they will be recognized on field before the game. Five additional students will be chosen to attend a Ravens Play 60 reward luncheon in the spring along with other winning students from Baltimore-area schools.

Staff members are also encouraged to participate with the school notching the highest overall participation receiving a financial grant from the Ravens.

Schools with 80 to 100 percent of students participating will receive $200 and schools with 50 to 79 percent participation will receive $100 for their physical education classes.

More than 14,000 students in Carroll in 26 elementary schools are expected to participate in Project ACES.

Project ACES was formed in 1996 to promote healthy nutrition and increased physical activity in childran. The first physical activity challenge took place in 2000 and has since grown into an annual, two week event each fall.

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