Thursday, February 3, 2011

Macdonough in the News

From the Middletown Press


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (February 3, 2011) – The Macdonough School Video Production Club at Macdonough Elementary School in Middletown have been named winners in the national Recess Rocks video contest for their ideas for combating childhood obesity. The students at Macdonough placed second in the group category. The contest is part of the nationwide Recess Rocks childhood obesity prevention campaign launched by Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in September 2010.

The video contest, which ran from September 8 to November 30, invited children and young teens in grades 2 through 8 across the U.S. to submit a two-minute video featuring a speech, song, dance or commercial that answers two questions: “How do you feel about the childhood obesity problem?” and “What can you do about it?”. Children could enter individually or as part of a group from a public or private school or youth-focused community organization or club. Entries were judged on overall impact, creativity, memorable content and delivery and a clear message on how the problem can be solved.

The MacDonough School Video Production Club’s video begins with one student telling another, who is playing a video game, to “Put it away. It’s time to play!” Those two students play, then find another sedentary student to recruit. Through a chain reaction, the two students soon become a group of kids who are playing a game outdoors.

The students at Macdonough won $1,000 for their school, A complete list of winners in the individual and group categories is available at

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