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Posted October 7, 2014

East San Jose Elementary Opens Fitness Center

School received $100,000 grant to equip room

East San Jose fifth grade teacher Alex Johnson-Jimenez helps a student get the most out of new fitness equipment.

Albuquerque Public Schools East San Jose Elementary today officially opened its new $100,000 ‘Live Positively’ Fitness Center funded by a grant from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils.

    Last spring East San Jose nurse Elizabeth Miller, P.E. teacher Cynthia Grajeda and fifth-grade teacher Alex Johnson-Jimenez nominated their school to receive a grant and be recognized as a “National Champion School” based on the health and fitness programs at the school. The evaluators also looked at the school’s level of economic need and community offerings.

    This summer Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Council, notified the state that three New Mexico schools had been selected to receive the grant to pay for strength training and cardio-fitness equipment, along with interactive exercise games for students, staff and community members to use to become more physically fit.

    East San Jose Principal Denise Sandy-Sanchez said the equipment was ordered this summer and installed this fall by APS Maintenance & Operations in a portable classroom at the school. “It is a real blessing for our students and the community,” Sandy-Sanchez said.

    Gov. Susana Martinez and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez were on hand to join students, staff and families for the ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. The governor asked students to pledge to eat healthy, read for at least a half-hour each day, and to exercise to stay fit.

    Funds for the grant are provided by the Coca-Cola Company and AOL.