Newport Mill Middle School was selected as a recipient of The National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils DON’T QUIT Award. The school was one of three Maryland schools selected for demonstrating new and innovative ways of promoting student physical activity and wellness. As a recipient of the award, Newport Mill was gifted a $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness center. Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, Governor Larry Hogan, and other state and county officials visited Newport Mill on Oct. 10 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program has rolled out in 22 states and Washington, D.C. since 2012. Each DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center is financed and given to schools through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, The Amerigroup Foundation, Wheels Up and Nike. TuffStuff Fitness International provides the fitness equipment.
Parkland Students Spend a Week Exploring Space
Parkland Middle School, an aerospace technology magnet program, kicked off a week of space exploration with Space Week. The week’s activities kicked off with a laser show. Scientists from NASA and NOAA spoke to students about their jobs during various science classes. They included biologists, aerospace engineers, planetary scientists and a meteorologist. A parent from the Naval Surface Warfare Center also presented to students in the Intro to Engineering and Design class. Students and families were also invited to a showing of The Farthest, a film that explored the people and the events behind NASA’s Voyager mission. The showing, held at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, also included a question-and-answer session with the movie’s producer.