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Carolina Panthers place-kicker Graham Gano (9) poses with (from left) Southside Middle School health teacher and adviser Michelle Hayes and South Florence High School students Jaci Driggers, R.J. Mack and Katelyn McDowell at the Fuel Up to Play 60 Summit in Atlanta.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Five students from Florence One Schools went to Atlanta last week to attend the National Fuel Up to Play 60 Summit, the nation’s largest in-school health and wellness program.

During the past school year, Tyler Boswell of Southside Middle School and Katelyn McDowell, Jaci Driggers, R.J. Mack and Anthony Dorsett, all of South Florence High School, documented their physical activity on a daily basis with the national organization and were selected to attend the summit.

Boswell was chosen Ambassador for the State of South Carolina by the Fuel Up to Play Summit based on her application for the program. Ambassadors are student leaders who commit to healthy, sustainable changes in their schools.

Driggers and Boswell won $1,000 each for their schools. They both wrote an innovation challenge, designing a sustainable nutrition program for their schools, and they presented it at the summit.

The National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture, created the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. It empowers student leaders and adult supporters to increase opportunities for and participation in healthy eating and physical activity in U.S. schools every day. The summit experience, funded by the NFL and the National Dairy Council, allowed students to meet NFL players and receive nutrition/fitness learning opportunities.

Michelle Hayes, a dvisor and Southside Middle School health teacher, accompanied the students. She will share Southside Middle School’s success with having been named a National Fuel Up to Play 60 School with teachers from other schools on Aug. 13 at Florence One’s Professional Development Conference.

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