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Syracuse students win Michelle Paterson challenge

Classes from Three Schools Chosen as Winners in First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson's Healthy Steps to Albany:

Edward Smith, Hughes Magnet and Lincoln Middle School were chosen as winners in First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson's inaugural Healthy Steps to Albany: First Lady's Challenge this week. The three schools competed against nearly 270 other 6th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms across the state in the challenge.

The Healthy Challenge was in regard to eating well. Paterson kicked off the plan in Syracuse with cases of packaged fresh sliced apples and carrots for the students to snack on. It is essentially about making healtier choices in one's diet - more fiber and whole foods.

Edward Smith was represented by the 5th period team of Ms. Sheperd's 8th grade, while Ms. Marzullo's 6th grade team, nicknamed the Hawks, represented Hughes Magnet, and the 7th grade health class of Ms. Priest represented Lincoln. Each school worked through the "Healthy Steps" Web site logging their minutes and then converting those minutes into steps. Edward Smith had the most number of steps with 76,352,507 among all the winners announced.

Superintendent Daniel G. Lowengard expressed his gratitude toward the First Lady for taking on this challenge, while acknowledging the work of our middle school students.

"The link between academic excellence and a healthy body is irrefutable and we are glad the First Lady has taken on this very important health and wellness initiative," Lowengard. "We are so proud of our middle school students and their level of participation as they have taken this challenge and run with it."

In total, 63 middle school classrooms participated from the district representing all of our middle and K-8 schools. The winners will be going on two field trips with the First Lady. One will take them to an organic farm in Sackets Harbor and the other trip will be to Albany to have lunch with the Governor and First Lady in the Executive Mansion.

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