LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) - For the third year in a row, Crucifixion Elementary School is a recipient of the Golden Shoe award.
The award is given to the schools with the highest participation in the Coulee Region Walk to/at School Challenge.
The competition challenges students to walk, bike, roller-blade or skateboard to school during the first week of October to promote a healthy lifestyle.
The award is presented by the Coulee Region Childhood Obesity Coalition.
About 95 percent of Crucifixion students participated.
"The students are so wonderful at doing what you challenge them to do. They are a healthy group of kids, but when you put a challenge in front of them, 100 percent of them rise to the challenge. It's just kind of amazing," said Gale Trocinski, Crucifixion principal.
The competition is divided into two categories. Crucifixion won for schools with enrollment of 250 students or less, and Northern Hill Elementary School in Onalaska won the Golden Shoe for schools with 250 students or more.
Almost 78 percent of Northern Hill students participated in the challenge.
"Well, it's not just about winning prizes. I think it's also about getting your exercise in everyday and having a good time," said 5th grader Jansen Dobbins, "It's just really awesome."
The Walk to/at School Challenge is in its sixth year.
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