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Five reps and five sets of sit-ups, burpees, air squats and 50 meter sprints gave second graders at Crystal River Elementary School a good taste of what a real workout is when two coaches from Sopris CrossFit came by on April 3 to share the importance of being physically active and get them excited for an upcoming project.

The kids are in the process of fundraising to buy step tracking bracelets as part of UNICEF’s Kid Power Program, which supports hungry children in 190 countries worldwide.

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Sopris CrossFit (956 Highway 133) will host a competition from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 to support their efforts.

It’s all part of the school’s project-based learning philosophy, which focuses on hands-on, community-based interactions throughout a unit. Students will collect data on their steps with a daily goal of 12,000 per band, earn points and graph the results.

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