VIDEO: New fitness center opens at A.I. duPont Middle School

Governor Markell and other dignitaries cut the ribbon to open a state-of-the-art fitness center in a school.


WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.







A.I. duPont Middle School is one of three schools in the state to win a grant to pay for the $100,000 center.

Sixth-grader Abigail McNally describes what's in the brightly lit room in the basement of the school.

"There's weights, there's sit-ups, there's exercise machines, like running machines," she said.



Jamerah Thompson says the lat machine will improve her basketball game.

"It will help me with my rebounds because here, you pull it down, and it's really good with your arm workout," she said.



Gabriel Bey spent some time playing the Kinect fitness game.

"You look like you're sweating a little bit." "I am," Gabriel said.



Red Clay Superintendent Merv Daugherty told the kids fitness improves more than their health.

"As you get fitter, your grades go up, athletics go up, your health gets better, and you become an all-around better person," he said.



The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils also chose Bancroft Elementary and McCullough Middle School to get the new fitness centers.







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