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2,900 Wichita 3rd graders participated in fitness and safety day

Published: May. 5, 2017 at 12:24 PM CDT
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Thousands of kids in the Wichita School District got the chance Friday to take advantage of the nice weather and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Friday was Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day.

Nearly three thousand third graders from every elementary school in the Wichita district were bused to Northwest High Friday morning for Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day.

They started in the gym to see, first hand the benefits of being healthy. The saw with a little show from some martial artists with Wichita Airstrike.

Once outside they got to compete.

"It's just great to see them having fun, at least for the morning," said P.E. Teacher Tim Coltrain from Caldwell Elementary.

Coltrain, along with other teachers and hundreds of high school students volunteered to show the third graders different sports like frisbee, tug-of-war, soccer and other games that encouraged them to be active.

"I think it's really important to encourage the physical activity with the kids. This way they get to have some exposure to new games and just think about a healthy and active lifestyle," said Coltrain.

With only eight days of school left, Coltrain says the nice day was a perfect way to get them prepared for the end of school and get a good running start to summer.