Four Heroes Elementary students use fitness and technology to help others

Fourth and fifth grade students at Four Heroes Elementary are developing healthy habits and saving lives at the same time. How? The students were selected to participate in the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Kid Power program, which donated Fitbits to track students’ physical activity. The more active the students are, the more packets of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) packets UNICEF will donate to malnourished children around the world.

"This program is designed to increase the activity level of our students and save lives at the same time. After one week of the program, students are ecstatic to know they have saved 378 lives," stated Britni Proudman, Four Heroes library media specialist.

Proudman applied for the program in October and found out recently that Four Heroes was among 6,500 classrooms in the nation selected to participate. Four Heroes students will continue their participation through the school year.

According to the UNICEF Kid Power website, more than 200,000 Kid Power members have unlocked more than 6.4 million lifesaving RUTF packets, saving the lives of more than 40,000 children.

For more information on the UNICEF Kid Power program, click here.

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