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Badger Elementary awarded $100,000 new fitness center

Students at Badger Elementary in Grand Chute enjoy their brand new "Don't Quit" fitness center, October 7, 2016. (WLUK)

GRAND CHUTE (WLUK) -- Badger Elementary in Grand Chute is taking fitness to a new level. There was a ribbon cutting Friday for the school's new $100,000 fitness center.

Students at Badger Elementary have a new motto to live by; don't quit.

For those who had the chance to break-in the new "Don't Quit" fitness center, it's something they've already grown to love.

"I'm hoping to get to use it a lot and I love the gym and the exercise room," one student said.

The National Foundation of Governor's Fitness Council, provided the money for the new facility.

Badger Elementary entered a contest -- and was one of three schools in the state to win.

"We have declared war on childhood obesity, and rather than just talking about it, we do it. So if we can give the school the tools, the ammunition to not just build bodies, but confidence and self-esteem, and provide hope, that's what this is all about," said Jake Steinfield, chairman of the foundation.

The gym will be open to the Appleton community and Governor Walker says it's a step in the right direction to ending childhood obesity.

Part of our hope is that kids won't only just enjoy the fitness center, but this will carry a message throughout the Appleton community about how important fitness is.

Governor Walker says Badger Elementary set the bar high, "They've done Jump Rope for Heart, Play 60, they've been really engaged and involved. It's nice to have them have a fitness center to take that up to the next level."

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