Aldo Leopold Intermediate School is one of three schools in the state selected to receive a state-of-the-art $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and fitness icon Jake (Body by Jake) Steinfield, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), announced the receiving schools Thursday, May 31, in recognition of their demonstrated leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. Others are Boone Middle School in Boone and Susan Clark Junior High School in Muscatine.

“Congratulations to the winners and their communities on being selected,” Reynolds said. “Schools can provide a vital space for students to not only learn in the classroom, but to discover a passion for being active in hobbies or physical competition.”

“We had a tremendous response from schools throughout the great state of Iowa. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of Governor Kim Reynolds who helped make this campaign a huge success by putting the health and well-being of children first,” Steinfield said. “Three schools really embodied our mission of building a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world. I’m thrilled to announce that Aldo Leopold Intermediate School, Boone Middle School and Susan Clark Junior High School are all being awarded a brand new $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers. Congratulations to all, we look forward to visiting these three schools during our ribbon cutting ceremonies this fall!”

Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. Fit Supply provides the fitness equipment. The fitness center will be installed in Aldo’s former industrial arts classroom.

Aldo students Quashonn Manning, Rogan Francis, Ryder Douglas, Aubrey Mason, Zoey Kantzavelos and Ray’Meair Fredricks worked with district staff and administrators to come up with the concept for and film the video that was submitted as part of the DON’T QUIT application.

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