As part of its participation in the WinterKids Winter Games program, Ash Point Community School held an event Jan. 23 for its staff, students and their families.

The group gathered at Snow Marine Park in Rockland for an after-school "Sledding with the Stars" outing.

More than 100 people turned out to show off their sledding prowess and get some exercise with several runs down the hill.

Principal Ben Tripp said the event was initially scheduled for Jan. 24; however, the impending rain forced it to be moved up a day.

Participants got plenty of exercise, had lots of fun, and enjoyed hot chocolate provided by Dunkin' Donuts.

During the month of January, the school is participating in the WinterKids Winter Games program where 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 in Maine selected by WinterKids to participate this year, for a total of 8,000 students and 750 teachers.

The schools 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.

"Win or lose, this has been a wonderful experience for our staff and our community," Tripp said.

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