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School district provides free fitness classes to employees

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GREENFIELD, Calif. (KION) Greenfield Union School District will be providing free fitness classes for all interested employees, starting tomorrow.

In a Twitter post, Superintendent Zandra Jo Galván wrote, "We are prioritizing physical and mental self-care for GUSD family so we can all best care for those we love!"

Body Weight Training and Basic Yoga and Stretching classes will be available at Vista Verde Middle School Gym. Classes will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Cardio fitness classes will also be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Health and wellness has become a top priority especially because of the impact Covid-19 and remote learning have had on staff and students.

“This is one simple response that us as a school family can do what we can to help bring some more sanity and wellness and social connection and that human connection that we all craved,” Superintendent Zandra Jo Galván.

The district sent out a survey to find out what fitness classes were of most interest. Thanks to their insurance and wellness grants, Cardio, Body Weight Training, and Basic Yoga and Stretching Classes will be held at Vista Verde Middle School Gym.

“We got some people that really want us to provide a service to them, and everyone would benefit because it trickles down to our community," said Superintendent Zandra Jo Galván. "Our students are going to benefit when we come to work with our cup full right when we're having that balance. “

Andriena Ochoa is a third-grade teacher at Oak Avenue Elementary School. She’s excited to know that her district will be providing fitness classes at no cost, she said.

"To know that we need something and that our district is listening to us and giving us the tools that we need not only to teach but to help ourselves out," said Andriena Ochoa. "Because in order for us to better serve our beautiful children, our students, we need to take care of ourselves too.”

GUSD has received positive feedback from the entire Greenfield community and they're hoping they could also provide something similar to parents.

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Jonathan Sarabia

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