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Aug 4, 2014 11:33 AM by Monica Garcia

Marana teachers combat childhood obesity

TUCSON- The new school year begins today for Marana Unified School District. For two Physical Education teachers, they plan on welcoming new students along with new exercise equipment.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona awarded two Marana teachers a $5,000 grant for each of their schools to fund health-related programs in Arizona. The grants were awarded on the winners' exceptional execution of the 2014 Walk On! Challenge.

Cathy Missler from Coyote Trail Elementary and Lisa Rickel from Thornydale Elementary won the awards after writing grant application describing what the money would be used for.

For Rickel, the money will go to help fund a walking trail at Thornydale. As for Missler, she plans on using it to buy more playground equipment and exercise equipment.

Coyote Trail Elementary is always looking to take in any new or used exercise equipment. If you would like to donate click here to contact the school.

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