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Hi 6th Grade Families,

Please join us this Friday, May 31st, 8:00-9:40 am for a special event at Roosevelt International Middle School!

Join Roosevelt Middle school students, American Dance Movement founder Nigel Lythgoe, Pop artist Lion Babe, the American Heart Association, and district officials as they take part in the nation’s first American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge. The morning will be filled with live musical performances, choreography and dance demonstrations, along with the official Dance challenge kick-off led by the Roosevelt Middle School students.

Officially launching in San Diego, district students will be the first across the nation to receive specially-designed content, created to be integrated into the district’s school site wellness plans, using dance as one way to motivate students to make healthier life choices.

The challenge will also serve as an extension of San Diego Unified’s Wellness Initiative. Now in its third year and thriving, San Diego Unified’s Wellness Initiative has provided health and wellness resources resulting in several district school earning the title of America’s Healthiest School from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Schools throughout the district and county are encouraged to follow Roosevelt Middle School’s lead and plan their own wellness campaign through the Dance Challenge online tutorials. Participants are led by celebrity dancers Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Allison Holker, sisters Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, Bailey Sok and Tahani Anderson via three videos produced by the two organizations for schools participating in the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge. The videos are packed with cardio-pumping dance steps to help students move their way to heart health through step-by-step dance routines. We encourage students to bring a water bottle, wear sunscreen and good tennis shoes.

In addition, the American Heart Association and American Dance Movement will co-host special dance celebrations for the three schools that raise the most funds through the Kids Heart Challenge. These celebrations will also feature special dance celebrity guests.

Please consider donating to Roosevelt’s AHA Fundraising page:


Participation in the fundraiser is voluntary. Students are not required to raise money.

After the group dance, 6th grade families are also welcome to stay for the 6th Grade Olympics!

Please note that members of the media have been invited to photograph and videotape a special event taking place on campus, Friday, May 31, 2019. Cameras may be on campus throughout the morning. Your child may be footage may be used in a news broadcast, online or in marketing materials. You are in no way obligated to have your child videotaped or photographed. If you would NOT like your child’s image published or broadcast, please notify the principal. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Dr. Casillas or contact the office.

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