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Two kids in motor labMotor Lab fuels activity at Adrian Elementary

Adrian Elementary students, grades K-5, are benefiting from increased physical activity in a program that encourages the principle, “movement anchors learning.”

Working in cooperation with the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles counties, the Adrian Wellness Committee moved forward on plans to purchase high quality equipment to enhance their existing "Motor Lab." The Motor Lab is a room dedicated to engaging children in movement activities. “This equipment helps them with coordination, using up some of their excess energy, improving hand- eye movements, large and fine motor skills, and being able to do a variety of activities. The response has been very positive by both teachers and students,” states school nurse and wellness committee coordinator Melanie Wagner.

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Community Leadership Team

  • Sarah Anderson, Lutheran Social Services senior dining
  • David Benson, Agency organizer
  • Dana Marie Boler, Jackson County Central school food service
  • Lindsay Chapman-Nesseth, Jackson County Central school nurse
  • Luke Ewald, Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services Start Noticing
  • Drew Hage, Southwest Regional Development Commission
  • Terri Janssen, Nobles County Community Services
  • Jacqueline Knips, Jackson County Parks and Trails director
  • Fabio Lopez Sebastian, Nobles County Community Services community outreach worker
  • Leticia Rodriguez, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Mary Ruyter, Sanford Jackson Medical Center
  • Rosemary Schultz, Jackson County commissioner
  • Brenda Skrove, Advocating, Connecting and Educating of Southwest Minnesota
  • Patricia Stewart, Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services
  • Bonnie Traetow, Jackson County Family Services Collaborative
  • Marvin Zylstra, Nobles County Commissioner

Updated Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 03:16PM