5 Things You Need to Know Today: June 8
Learn about a special award the schools have received, and take your cat to the vet.
1. The Natick Public Schools have won the Active Schools Acceleration Project’s regional division for most Innovative Physical Activity School Program. In a press release, Congressman Edward J. Markey, D-Malden, congratulated the schools. Natick's "BOKS" program (Build Our Kids Success) is run before classes and is an aerobic exercise featuring group play, games and drills. The program will receive a $25,000 grant to support physical activity programming. As a regional winner, the schools are in contention for the national $100,000 grant and an opportunity for their BOKS program to serve as a developmental pilot program for school districts in New England and nationwide.
Natick will be honored at the 2012 Active Schools Acceleration Projects Awards Ceremony and Reception June 13 in Washington, D.C.
First Lady Michelle Obama and ChildObesity180 launched The Active Schools Acceleration Project with the goal to identify and reward the most creative, impactful, and scalable school-based programs and technological innovations that promote physical activity for children. For more information about the competition, go to: http://www.activeschoolsasap.org/.
2. It's a big weekend for graduation parties. Do you have any to attend? Readers are sharing ideas about graduation gift-giving etiquette. Add your two cents (if you have any left after giving gifts.)
3. If you're a cat owner, know that this month is Feline Health Month. The Natick Animal Clinic is spreading awareness on its Facebook page. Stop by the page to check out some ridiculously cute pictures of some feline friends.
4. The Department of Public Works' Water Division will be flushing hydrants throughout the month. This may cause some discoloration in your water. To clear your water, run your cold water faucet until the water runs clear. Anyone with questions may contact Water Supervisor Jack Perodeau at 508-647-6557.
5. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary's June Art Show features polar bears. Photographer Deborah Alexander provides the exhibit, which runs until July 6 during Nature Center hours.