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McDonald's awards Roosevelt with $500 grant

Roosevelt Elementary School was awarded a $500 grant by McDonald's restaurants for health and physical education programming.

The school is one of five in north and southeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota chosen as a recipient of a McDonald's Balanced, Active Lifestyles Academic Award.

The goal of the program is to encourage teachers to create educational programs that demonstrate an original approach to enhancing their students' physical fitness, nutrition awareness and health education. The $500 grants must be used toward implementation of the winning programs.

The winning program at Roosevelt Elementary is "Active Living Field Trips." Students will attend field trips to locations such as Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics Facility, Kent Freeman Ice Arena and Detroit Lakes Community and Culture Facility to learn about different types of exercise options that are available in the area.

Students will have the opportunity to try different sports and exercises at these facilities. Kris Nelson, health and physical education teacher, applied for the winning grant.

Glen Cook, owner/operator of the Detroit Lakes McDonald's restaurant, presented the check and plaque to the school earlier this year.