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CBS4's Jennifer Zeppelin presented $1,000 to Silver Creek Elementary School.

CBS4′s Jennifer Zeppelin presented $1,000 to Silver Creek Elementary School.

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THORNTON, Colo (CBS4) - All of the students at Silver Creek Elementary School gathered for an assembly. It was a packed house, when CBS4 Meteorologist Jennifer Zeppelin announced the school had won the Fit 4 Colorado School Challenge for November.

“I’m extremely excited. it’s a great opportunity,” said Josh Miller, the school’s physical education teacher.

CBS4 in partnership with HealthOne’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children awarded the school $1,000. The prize rewards efforts at the school to foster a healthy environment. At Silver Creek, that includes added exercise opportunities before and after school, a running club, and even a boot camp for teachers.

“In my opinion, obesity is an epidemic with children so I really try to instill in them the goals and foundations to be an active lifestyle. So i try to push it every day .. really harp on it. It’s important to me so i really try to make it important to them,” Miller added.

CBS4 and HealthOne’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children pick a School Challenge winner every month during the school year. You can find out more about how to apply by going to the Fit 4 Colorado section.

- Written for the Web by CBS4 Special Projects Producer Libby Smith

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