Telstar modernizes fitness room
Telstar Middle and High School students are enjoying an updated fitness room, thanks to a $55,000 federal Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant.
The improvements include new wiring, state-of-the art commercial grade resistance machines, weights, ellipticals, stair-climbers, and treadmills, as well as staff training.
New Nordic skis and snowshoes were also purchased to be used by middle and high school stu-dents.
The new room has allowed physical education teachers Steve Keane and Barb Russell to introduce new elements of physical education.
Keane offers resistance and fitness training courses at THS. “We develop an individualized training program for each of the kids, so it’s a lot like what you’d see in real life if you joined a gym,” he said.
The fitness room is also open to students in grades 6-12 who are not currently enrolled in a P.E. course, as well as SAD 44 staff members.
The grant provided money to have after-school hours Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Russell and Keane said they have seen a wide variety of people — staff members and kids from all grades, athletes and non-athletes alike — taking advantage of this opportunity.
“I love the new weight room,” said student Chris Chappie, a member of the football team. “All of the new equipment works so well and really gets the job done. But there is still more coming into the weight room and I’m so excited. I’m hoping all of my hard work will show up on the football field.”
Future plans include adding more new equipment and possibly expanding the after-school hours.
It is also possible to renew the grant to continue improving Telstar’s physical education program.
“It’s been really encouraging to be able to expand and make improvements in this economy where everywhere you look, cuts are being made,” Keane said.