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Lincoln School meets governors 2010 fitness and sports challenge
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Lincoln School is the lone representative of San Joaquin County to qualify for the 2010 Challenge Competition of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

The announcement was made Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The kindergarten- through- eighth-grade site of Manteca Unified was one of the 22 finalists in the Gold Country Region and among the 127 schools state-wide.

The Governor’s Challenge Competition promotes increased physical activity along with better nutrition among youngsters.

Lincoln was selected from the 2,649 participating schools throughout the state. The selection was based on the percentage and number of  students in the school who successfully completed the Governor’s Challenge.

It was Lincoln’s first time to make the cut. The local school did so with 629 students proving to be active 30- to 60- minutes a day and at least three days a week.

“I’m thrilled to be able to recognize Lincoln’s efforts,” said Chairman Jake Steinfeld, who gave special thanks to Principal Sonya Arellano and PE teacher Cindy Hill.

He added, “You are clearly passionate about getting your kids active and making sure they eat well and I’m a big believer that passion leads and everything else follows.”

Lincoln along with the other Governor’s Challenge finalists are now in the running for prizes including a brand new fitness center valued at $100,000. Each of the 11 Regional Award winners will also receive $5,000 to be used to buy new physical activity equipment.

The award-winning schools will be announced at a special ceremony at the state Capitol in September.

The Gold Country Region finalists also consisted of Agnes Baptist (Modesto), Angelo Rodriguez High (Fairfield), Bowling Green (Sacramento), Denair Middle (Denair), El Vista (Modesto), Fairview (Modesto), George Eisenhut (Modesto), Great Valley Academy (Modesto), Hart Ransom (Modesto), Hickman Elementary (Hickman), Hickman Middle (Hickman), Orestimba High (Newman), Osborn (Turlock), School of Engineering and Science (Sacramento), Stanislaus County Special Education (Modesto), Susan B. Anthony (Sacramento),  Tahoe Valley (South Lake Tahoe), Tuolumne (Modesto), Walter M. Brown (Turlock), Waterford Middle (Waterford) and William Land (Sacramento).

The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is a non-profit organization.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger serves as an honorary chairman. Members include sports legends such as Tony Hawk, Misty May-Treanor, Laila Ali, and Jerry Rice.