West Chicago Elementary School District #33    
Dr. Ed Leman, Superintendent   Board of Education
312 E. Forest Avenue West Chicago, IL 60185   Dave Barclay, President
www.wegoed33.k12.il.us   Katrine Maguire Secretary
(630) 293-6000      Fax (630) 293-6088   Deborah D. Ramsey
Contact: Becky Koltz School/Community Relations Specialist   Chris Scheck
    (630) 293-6000 ext. 201   Joseph Lach
    koltzb@wegoed33.k12.il.us     Sue Stibal
Date: September 21, 2006     Martin Swinney

Sorbate Anti-Trust Settlement Grant

West Chicago Elementary School District #33 is pleased to announce that West Chicago Middle School is the recipient of a $20,996.00 grant as part of the Sorbate Anti-Trust Settlement disbursed through Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office. The settlement distribution plan provides funds to be utilized to purchase physical education or sports equipment or for capital improvements to athletic or physical education facilities in qualifying school districts. The Middle School grant was written to purchase fitness equipment to create a Fitness Lab at the school.

The Fitness Lab will be available to 7th and 8th grade boys and girls at the Middle School during physical education classes. The grant allows for the purchase of 20 stationary bicycles and 10 piston stepper machines to provide aerobic fitness activities as well as a few other fitness equipment pieces.  Together with existing strength training equipment, the new equipment will provide students a total and complete strength and fitness experience of the major muscle groups.

"Our co-ed physical education program offers a variety of team and individual sports experiences", said Dan Fors, Middle School physical education teacher and writer of the grant. "Fitness training is one area of our program with which we have lacked the quality equipment to conduct a healthy experience."

With the rising rates of childhood obesity and health risks associated with sedentary lifestyles, the Middle School physical education staff has long realized the importance of providing quality physical education experiences for young adolescents, and helping them develop life-long exercise habits. The Middle School has offered unique programs such as cross country skiing, golf, and an introduction to lacrosse to encourage students to try new sports. The population of middle school aged students is an ideal age group to target and combat the trend of rising obesity rates and sedentary lifestyles. The Fitness Lab provides yet another opportunity during the school day to encourage students to develop good fitness habits that will extend into adulthood.

Equipment for the Fitness Lab will be purchased as soon as the funds are received by the school. It is anticipated the Fitness Lab will be ready for student use to begin within two weeks of delivery and set-up by the equipment vendor.

For more information on this project, or on the Middle School physical education program, contact Dan Fors, Middle School physical education teacher, at (630) 293-6060 ext. 261.