American Heart Association Hosts Youth Advocacy Day at RI State House

2018 PE & Me Contest winners announced; youth leaders discuss the importance of quality physical education.

hero_image_alt_text===RI Youth Day 2018 Participants.
hero_image_alt_text===RI Youth Day 2018 Participants
thumbnail_alt_text===RI Youth Day 2018 Participants

On May 23rd, the American Heart Association hosted its Youth Advocacy Day at the State House. We were joined by youth advocates from Young Voices, Progreso Latino, NAACP Providence Branch and Oasis International. Youth leaders from Young Voices shared powerful essays about the important role physical education (PE) plays in helping to build healthy bodies and healthy minds.

Youth Day Participants

We were also excited to announce the award recipients for the American Heart Association’s 2018 Rhode Island PE & Me Contest. The contest was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Foundation. Students were asked to design a postcard highlighting what they love about PE. We were thrilled to receive more than 1,000 entries. There is tremendous talent and creativity in the Ocean State, which made the judging very difficult. But one thing is clear – our students understand that PE helps lay a foundation for a healthy future! We thank all the students who participated – we are so proud of you. We also thank the teachers who used this contest as a classroom activity. You are helping us spread a vital message about the importance of PE and active living. #HealthyKidsRI

CONGRATULATIONS 2018 PE & Me Contest Award Recipients!

RI PE and ME Contest Winners

Grades K-2:
1st place – Wes Hartman, Henry Barnard School, Providence
2nd place – Holly Speranza, Frenchtown Elementary School, East Greenwich
3rd place – Raia Henry, The Learning Community Charter School, Central Falls

Grades 3-5:
1st place – Janiah Rivera, Winsor Hill Elementary School, Johnston
2nd place – Jazlyn Rodrigues, Ella Risk Elementary School, Central Falls
3rd place – Chassidy Phoeun, Reservoir Avenue Elementary School, Providence

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