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Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will kick off the 2008 General Mills President's Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) program with an assembly at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School on Feb. 1 at 8:30 a.m. Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will kick off the 2008 General Mills President's Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) program with an assembly at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School on Feb. 1 at 8:30 a.m.

General Mills has supported the PALA program at MPS for the past six years, donating over $420,000 to promote physical fitness in second- through eighth-grade students. The six-week program encourages students to set the goal of participating in physical activity for one hour each day, five days a week. Last year, over 16,000 MPS students participated in the PALA program, making the program the largest of its kind in the nation.

Each MPS school serving students in grades K-8 will take part in the PALA program and will receive a $400 grant for physical education equipment. Participating students who meet their physical activity goals will be awarded an engraved medal, as well as a presidential badge and certificate.

Friday's assembly will provide all participating students with a chance to combine fitness and fun. Former Minnesota Twins outfielder Tony Oliva will deliver the keynote address, and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will demonstrate his own commitment to fitness by skipping rope with students from Nellie Stone Johnson. General Mills officials and MPS representatives will also attend.

WHAT: General Mills President's Active Lifestyle Award program kick-off assembly

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 1, at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Nellie Stone Johnson Community School
807 27th Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
 

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