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Slauson Becomes State's First School Fitness Unit

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Slauson Juni High' School Tuesday was designated an official Physical Fitness Demonstration Center by the State Department of Education in ceremonies held at the school. Slauson is the first school in Michigan to be named Demonstration Center. For a school to become a Demonstration Center, it must fulfill the standards of a "highquality (physical education) program established by the state and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports." A certifícate of recognition and a flag were presented to Slauson Principal Roland J. Lehker and Dean Bodley, chairman of the Slauson physical education department, b y Edwin G. Rice, co-ordinator of health education and physical education for the State Department of Education. As a Demonstration Center, I T Slauson will be open to visitors and educators who wish to observe the chool's physical fitness program. The certifícate of recognition presented by Rice commended Slauson "for the quality of its physical education program and for its contribution to the national fitness effort by serving as a physical fitness demonstration center." It was signed by Astronaut James A. Lovell and State Superintendent for Instruction Ira Polley. In order to be designated a Demonstration Center, a school must have an "outstanding program of health and physical education, emphasizing physical fitness," and must also fulfill four criteria set by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: - Provide periodic health appraisals for all pupils; - Identify the physically underdeveloped pupil and adopt measures to elimínate or alleviate such problems ; - Provide a daily period of physical education emphasizing physical fitness for all pupils, and - Give periodic physical achievement tests to evalúate and motívate pupil progress. The Demonstration Center schools are part of an overall effort - supported by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon - to improve the physical fitness of America's youth.