Keeping fit and having fun

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - Elementary students in Amherst and Brookdale now have an extra avenue of fun activities thanks to Silly Fit.
The YMCA of Cumberland kicked off its Silly Fit program last week in West Highlands and Cumberland North Academy.
For West Highlands students Emily Dobson and Travis Maloney, the hour they spent at the school after classes was an enjoyable one.
"I thought the program today was very good and my favourite part was when we danced to Time is Up from High School Musical," said Emily.
For the first 30 minutes, students had the option of playing with basketballs or have a little taste of the Dance, Dance program Laura Coleman is leading at the Y.
Coleman, who skates with Disney on Ice, had a group of students, mainly girls, dancing along to the song from the popular Disney movies.
When first hearing about the program, Emily knew she wanted to ask her mom if she could participate.
Now, she's hoping she'll get to dance more often in the program.
For Travis, he decided not to participate in the dance, since basketball is "one of the top three" of his favourite sports.
"When they first told us about the program, I thought it would be a great idea to do because I want to get exercise, but I want to have lots of fun too," Travis said at the end of the hour.
"If there's one thing that I hope we get to do, it would have to be soccer. I'm joining soccer this summer and want to go for the championships, so if I get fit through the winter, I might be able to win a trophy or medal."

Organizations: YMCA, West Highlands and Cumberland North Academy, High School Musical

Geographic location: AMHERST, Brookdale

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