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A varied group of Surry County students and others participated in the “world’s largest exercise class” on Wednesday as part of an All Children Exercise Simultaneously (ACES) event in front of the school central office on Crutchfield Street. Organizers estimated more than 250 participated in 15 minutes of movement to a variety of contemporary songs.

County Student Health Advisory Council Director Sonia Dickerson said events were also held throughout the system’s 19 schools. The principals from each school opened the event by taking turns at the microphone listing benefits of exercise leading up to School Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves’s official cue for the dancing to begin.

“Every school did something at 9 a.m. (Wednesday),” said Dickerson. “Some were outside walking, some danced in hallways and activities ranged from soccer to Freeze Dancing (which is a dancing version of Simon says).”

Dickerson said those also on hand to “cut a rug” included North Carolina Prevention Partners representatives, Dobson Town Manager Josh Smith, Surry County employees, Surry Telephone employees, Police Chief Shawn Myers, Dobson officers, Surry County Clerk of the Court Becky Brindle and staff, central office staffers, Surry Community representatives and Board of Education member Clark Goings. Students from Dobson Elementary, Surry Early College, Central Middle School and Surry Central High School helped fill the street.


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