Students from Ash Point Community School in Owls Head are taking part in the WinterKids Winter Games during January. Students compete in a four-week series of outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges designed to help them be active in the winter and learn healthy habits.

The school is one of 32 selected in Maine by WinterKids to participate this year for a total of 8,000 students and 750 teachers.

Schools compete for weekly points based on the total percentage of the student body that participates. Each school receives a toolkit full of resources and incentives to help students earn points, including the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning — a resource to help kids move, learn and explore outdoors while meeting educational standards.

Principal Ben Tripp said Ash Point held opening ceremonies inspired by the Olympics, including the singing of the national anthem, a parade with classroom flags, and the Olympic torch run.

"It has been wonderful to see teachers weave in physical activity with student learning," he said.

Schools participating in the WinterKids Winter Games accrue points for cash prize awards: $5,000 for the Gold Medal School, $2,500 for the Silver Medal School, and $1,500 goes to the Bronze Medal School. There are honorable mentions and prizes for all participating schools.

As of Jan. 15, Ash Point Community School was in second place.

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