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Doorways for better living: Contest promotes health


GRAFTON — Students at East Elementary School are standing tall among other Midview Schools students after winning the districtwide Red Ribbon Door contest to promote a healthful lifestyle.

East bested West and North elementary schools, Midview Middle School and Midview High School for the victory. The students won a pizza party from Marco’s Pizza in Grafton.

Students have been planning and decorating since early October, said Lisa Miller, Safe & Drug-Free Schools coordinator for Midview.

East used the “Fall Into a Healthy Lifestyle” theme throughout the school, incorporating items such as pumpkins and skeletons. Along the walls, at eye level for the students, was a string with construction paper leaves that bore ideas for living a healthy life — everything from eating right to telling a joke.

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Creativity showed in all the schools. The high school decorated doors inspired by the subject being taught in the room. At the door of a math classroom, the theme was “Drugs Don’t Add Up.”

At the middle school, as judges approached a classroom with the sign, “Don’t Let Life Go Up in Smoke,” a student just inside the room started a smoke machine.

West Elementary School went with a “car wash” theme, with one door reading, “We’re washing away unhealthy habits.” When the judges arrived, the library staff turned on the ’70s soul group Rose Royce’s song “Car Wash,” and library para-professionals Sue Heffernan and Gayle Lugas danced.

North Elementary School chose a sports theme. One sign read “Hit a Home Run with Healthy Choices.” The door to the visual arts room was a rendition of the Edvard Munch’s iconic painting “The Scream” with the quote, “Create a Healthy Lifestyle.”

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