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Hoppin', boppin', movin', and groovin'

ROUSES POINT - Next week celebrates TV Turnoff Week, April 19-25, which aims to get children off the couch and away from the television.

To get ready for the week, Rouses Point Elementary School hosted Hoppin' N Boppin' Family Fun Night April 1.

"I wanted to add a piece to it to kind of kick off the month," explained organizer and school counselor Wanda O'Connell. "Just have a mindfulness about creating healthy lifestyles."

The event brought in more than 100 parents and more than 120 students who took part in activities such as massage therapy, yoga, line dancing, Zumba, and martial arts - events O'Connell hope the families will utilize during turnoff week.

"What they can do differently at home to be physically active," she said. "Just movin' and groovin'."

To bring the activities to the school, O'Connell said she contacted local groups to find out if they could help out.

"I contacted area agencies to see who would like to participate in the event and help give back," O'Connell said. "I checked local resources here in town."

One resource she made contact with was Global Fitness and Martial Arts in Champlain.

"[They] had their massage therapist who was willing to come in and also show that regulating stress, having a way to get rid of that, was also a part of healthy lifestyles," said O'Connell. "So, we threw that piece in there, too."

Global Fitness owner Joy Sarbou-Jubert was also on-hand to demonstrate martial arts and cardio kickboxing.

"I received a lot of [positive] feedback," O'Connell said. "The parents were also very pleased. They thought it was a creative way for them to come back together as a family unit and to spend some quality time together."

The event, which was collaborated with the school's Parent Support Group, also had a Chinese auction, with donations from local businesses. Proceeds from that went back to PSG, who donated four bicycles raffled off to four students.

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