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Merrimack Valley

January 9, 2013

Gym by Jake

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Fifth Grade Academy Principal Kevin Qazilbash is ecstatic with the new equipment.

“We’re excited for multiple reasons. The equipment is really high quality and getting their heart rate up will help them think better,” Qazilbash said. “It’s really aligned with the philosophy of the school. We’re clearly an academically-minded school, but our goal is holistic — by using their bodies and minds to help students develop knowledge to be successful in their life.”

Qazilbash said the 110 students in the Fifth Grade Academy along with more than 400 students in the rest of the middle school will use the fitness center twice a week.

“As you can see, there are a lot of benefits. We’re hoping that this is the start for them to develop a habit that they carry on throughout their life,” he said.

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