Jackson Magnet celebrates exercise and healthy living at 4th annual move-a-thon
Pasadea News Now. Staff. October 14, 2019.

Almost 700 students from preschool to 5th grade participated in Jackson Magnet’s 4th annual Move-a-Thon on Thursday, October 10th, an event that celebrates movement and exercise while raising funds for the school’s innovative seed-to-table garden and cooking program. Over 30 volunteers transformed Jackson’s spaces into exercise and movement stations, and students were invited to explore different activities ranging from basketball and soccer to dance and gymnastics. DJ MDA (Instagram: @DJ_MDA) provided music for the event, and local businesses CPG Gymnastics and Unbound Dance Studio volunteered their time and expertise to create special exercise stations for the students.

The Move-a-Thon is the highlight of a month-long fundraising drive where school families ask for donations from friends and relatives. Funds raised during the Move-a-Thon support the school’s gardening and cooking program, administered in partnership with the Garden School Foundation. The program serves all of Jackson students by teaching NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned lessons in the school’s community garden and cooking classes of plant-based recipes that utilize harvested fruits and vegetables from the garden. Donations can still be made by the general public to help the school reach its goal of $35,000.

“Our garden program gives many of our students their first exposure to different vegetables and fruits. Parents rave about their kids’ willingness to try new things and what they learn about healthy eating and the environment,” shares Rita Exposito, principal at Jackson.

The school is grateful to local businesses that generously sponsored the event, including Altadental, Dave Knight Real Estate Team, El Cholo Cafe, Island’s Paseo Colorado, Leslie Cross of Town Square Real Estate, Mako Bowl, My Gym Pasadena, Robb Buzzini of Deasy Penner Podley, and Sidecca.

Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy is a public elementary school located in Altadena, California. Jackson started its Spanish dual-language program in the 2012-2013 school year and was awarded the federal magnet grant in October 2013. For the 2019-2020 school year, Jackson serves almost 700 students from grades pre-K through 5 from Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and surrounding cities.

Visit the News Archive for more magnet school news.