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Rocking to fitness

Kelsie Warnock leads Michael Jeffrey around in a game of Tank, a variation of blind man’s bluff, at the Fairland Middle School Fitness Fair Friday.  THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES

Kelsie Warnock leads Michael Jeffrey around in a game of Tank, a variation of blind man’s bluff, at the Fairland Middle School Fitness Fair Friday.
THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES

ROME TOWNSHIP — With the Latin rhythms of Zumba pounding over the loud speaker, a group of Fairland Middle School students tried a few steps.

Sometimes the sways went right and sometimes left and sometimes not at all. But fun was in the air as the middle school held its first fitness fair on Friday.

The fair was the idea of middle school physical education teacher, Darah Snyder.

“I want to promote wellness and want them to learn to live a healthy lifestyle and learn how to be healthy and fit,” Snyder said.

Three activity stations were set up in the gym with informational booths and healthy snacks provided by the Lawrence County Health Department on the stage.

Every few minutes groups were rotated from the introduction to Zumba class by Brickhouse Cardio Club House in Proctorville to Kids in Motion obstacle course set up by the Huntington YMCA to TANK, a variation of blind man’s bluff whose goal is to teach team-building.

Helping Snyder were 12 students chosen to be coordinators.

“This is fun,” Eli Bowen, one of the student helpers said. “We want to show people how good it is to be healthy.”

“This has taught us a lot,” Morgan Fridley, another coordinator, said. “This teaches us leadership skills.”