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Kelly Elementary makes fitness finals

CARLSBAD — Kelly Elementary School has been named a finalist in the San Diego and Imperial Counties’ 2010 Governor’s Challenge Competition. The contest, coordinated by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, promotes increased physical activity and better health among California’s youth.
Finalists are under consideration for prizes that include 11 new fitness centers valued at $100,000 each and 11 regional awards of $5,000 each to purchase new physical activity equipment. Award-winning schools will be announced in September.
Kelly Elementary has attained the status of Challenge finalist for three consecutive years. Last fall, it also was named a regional winner, receiving $6,000, which has been used to help fund the $60,000 new playground currently under construction.
A total of 2,649 California schools competed in the 2010 Challenge. Kelly is one of seven regional and 127 statewide finalists, selected on the basis of meeting the challenge of being active 30-60 minutes a day, at least three days a week, for one month.
According to Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, “Kelly had 100 percent of its students successfully complete the Challenge this year.”
Kelly is one of 100 California schools that will receive an extra bonus from the Governor’s Council: a new DanceDanceRevolution system. The prize is in recognition of recording 82,676 “Active Days” in the Challenge.
For more information on the Challenge, visit For more information on Kelly’s fitness program, email