Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 18, 2013

Tomblin to help open new McDowell fitness center today

Associated Press

WAR — A McDowell County school is unveiling a fitness center it won as part of a national promotion.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is scheduled to attend a ribbon cutting Wednesday at Southside K-8 School in War.

Southside was one of three West Virginia schools selected this year to receive $100,000 worth of physical education equipment. The grants were from the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Council as part of a public-private partnership. 

The other schools were Stratton Elementary in Beckley and Wheeling’s Bridge Street Middle School.

Priority was given to schools with a high percentage of participation in free and reduced-price meal programs; those with a significant proportion of students considered to be overweight or obese compared to the state average; and schools demonstrating a robust plan for using the equipment.