New middle school club gets kids active before tests

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NILES, Mich. (WNDU) - A new club at a middle school in Michiana kicked off Tuesday to help children both physically and mentally.

The health initiative at Ring Lardner Middle School in Niles will allow students to walk, jog or run for 30 to 40 minutes before taking a test. The goal is to make sure their brain is ready for testing.

It's possible because of a Building Healthy Communities grant.

"We figured getting students out first thing in the morning, waking them up a little bit, getting the oxygen flowing through their brain, the blood flowing a little bit, will help hopefully help them perform their optimal best during assessments," Principal Adam Burtsfield said.

The next exercises the students will take part in will take place Wednesday, and then again Wednesday, May 8.