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Maine students go for gold in WinterKids Winter Games

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PORTLAND – Students from 16 elementary schools, representing each of Maine’s counties, will be competing in the WinterKids Winter Games for the month of January, ahead of the Winter Olympics in February. Students will compete in a four-week series of outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges designed to help them be active in the winter and learn healthy habits. Each school is encouraged to involve volunteers, parents, healthy eating and active living organizations in their community, and hold a winter carnival to close out the month’s events.

WinterKids selected one school in each of Maine’s sixteen counties to participate in this new program. Schools compete for weekly points based on the total percentage of the student body that participates. Schools competing in the WinterKids Winter Games receive a toolkit full of resources and incentives to help students earn points, including the award-winning WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning- an easy to use resource to help kids move, learn, and explore outdoors while meeting education standards.

“The WinterKids Winter Games is a new program, but we’re already feeling the excitement from teachers and their students,” says Julie Mulkern, Executive Director of WinterKids. “This is a fantastic way to get kids excited about being active and learning outdoors in the winter and living healthier lifestyles.”

Schools participating in the WinterKids Winter Games accrue points for cash prize awards: $5000 – Gold Medal School, $2,500 – Silver Medal School, and $1,500 – Bronze Medal School.

The Opening Ceremony for the WinterKids Winter Games will be held on January 2 at 2 p.m. at Skillin Elementary School in South Portland. Olympic Luger Julia Clukey and our favorite Maine mascots will be in attendance to help kick off the games.

The WinterKids Winter Games will engage 4,200 kids and 220 teachers statewide. The Games are made possible with support from The Bingham Program. Olivia’s Organics is sponsoring Nutrition Week. For more details on the games and a leaderboard visit:


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