Craig kids get scary strong at Sunset Elementary’s Haunted House of Fitness |

Craig kids get scary strong at Sunset Elementary’s Haunted House of Fitness

Sunset Elementary School students explore 'The Box of Mystery' — one of the stations at the second Haunted House of Fitness taught by physical education teacher John Ford.
John Ford for Sunset Elementary School/courtesy

CRAIG — Gym class got spooky just before Halloween.

For the second year in a row, Sunset Elementary School physical education teacher John Ford held the Haunted House of Fitness.

“The idea was brought to me by Kip Hafey last year, and I was immediately excited about it. It is a standards-based activity and gives students a different way of looking at many of the skills that we practice in class,” Ford said.

From bats with bats to rats in a cage, small groups of students rotated through eleven fitness stations.

“I like when we got to jump over jack-o-lanterns,” said third-grade student Adalynn Wall.

Other students said that they enjoyed the festive decorations and the “chaos.”

“The Haunted House of Fitness is a strong mixture of fun and exercise,” said Principal Jill Hafey. “The anticipation was high. Students could hardly wait for this week.”

Ford hopes that he’s started a tradition, also noting that Shawn Steele, Sunset’s instructional coach, helped him plan and facilitate.

“I think it’s great because it teaches our students that working out can be fun,” Ford said.

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