By Jodee Riordan
Board of Education President
It is with great pleasure (and much pride) that we open the Lewiston-Porter Fitness Center to the community beginning Monday, Sept. 11. It is the Lewiston-Porter School District's goal to provide a safe, convenient and affordable opportunity to practice a healthy lifestyle to our entire community. The newly completed fitness room is equipped with a variety of state-of-the-art cardio, strength and core training equipment. The facility is ADA-compliant and meets adaptive needs for all fitness levels.
- Join us for an open house from 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22.
- Registration begins Tuesday, Aug. 22.
- The fitness center opens to the community beginning Monday, Sept. 11.
Hours of operation will be from 6-7:30 a.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The fitness center will be closed at any time when the district is closed.
- Adult community members and Lew-Port staff, $55 per year
- Senior citizens, $40 per year
- College students, $30 per year
- Lewiston-Porter students (ages 14 years and up), $25 per year
In 2014, Lewiston-Porter was awarded $1.2 million to initiate, expand and enhance physical education programs in the district. The extremely competitive grant, facilitated through the U.S. Department of Education, is privately funded by the Carol M. White Foundation.
The goal of the three-year program was to help all students understand, improve or maintain their physical well-being, and meet state physical education standards by undertaking instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition and improved physical fitness activities. As the grant cycle has concluded, Lewiston-Porter will now make the facilities open to the community.
The fitness center is a world-class facility, equipped with elliptical machines, adaptive motion trainers, treadmills, free weight stations, core training stations, strength machines and virtual reality upright bikes. There is also a range of specialized equipment, unique to the needs of particular sports and training goals.
We hope you join us for the open house and decide to make the fitness center a part of your life. If you have any questions, or are interested in working as a supervisor, please contact the director of recreation, Brad Halgash, at 286-7865 or [email protected]
Please mark your calendars with the following important dates. Sports physicals must be submitted to the school nurse by the start of student's first day of practice. Some sports also require concussion screening prior to beginning the season. Fall sports offered include soccer, cross country, swim (girls), tennis (girls), golf, football and cheerleading.
- Tuesday, Aug. 1 - Athletic placement process (APP) testing at 9:30 a.m. in the middle school gym; Contact the athletic office for paperwork and turn in at the testing site.
- Monday, Aug. 14 - Varsity and JV fall sports practices begin.
- Wednesday, Aug. 23 - Fall sports parent/coach meeting at 6 p.m. in the auditorium
- Monday, Aug. 28 - Modified sports practices begin.
The ninth annual L-P Alumni Association Raby Family Memorial Run will take place at the high school next Saturday, Aug. 5. The 5K run/one mile walk celebrates the lives and legacy of Gary Raby and his son, Jason.
Gary Raby was a lifelong Lancer, a 1971 graduate of Lewiston-Porter and beloved coach of the district's cross country and track teams for over a decade. He inspired countless students to be not only great runners, but to believe in themselves and be the best possible people. He inspired us all. He passed away this year, and the event he began to honor the memory of his son will now honor them both.
Before his death, Gary had started the process of creating a cross country course here at Lew-Port. He had sketched out the course and preliminary planning had begun. In Gary's memory, and with the help of many people and organizations, the cross country course will be brought to fruition. We hope to have it completed for the 2018-19 season. More details will follow as it comes to life. The cross-country course and the Raby Memorial Run will continue to unite all Lancers.