Margaret Chase Smith School Students Go for Gold in WinterKids Winter Games

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (WABI) - One school in each of the state's sixteen counties was selected to participate in a new winter themed month long Maine challenge.

It's called WinterKids Winter Games and the Margaret Chase Smith School in Skowhegan was chosen to represent Somerset County.

Each week of January has featured different challenges for kids to tackle, from physical education to nutrition to family engagement.

They closed the month out with winter carnival week and celebrated Friday with an Olympics style closing ceremony.

Ten students were recognized for their outstanding efforts.

Schools taking part accrued points for cash prizes.

"The grand prize for the whole state is $5,000. So we're really trying to push through and plug away. We get bonus points for the more we do within each week, so the grand closing ceremonies is a big bonus point factor," said 4th grade teacher Kara Boubier.

"Everybody works together. The teachers make sure that my students are included, the kids that have more special needs, so it's definitely been a good morale booster," said special education teacher Kathy Lupo.

Volunteers from New Balance helped put on the events.

The challenges were all designed to encourage kids to get moving in the winter and learn healthy living habits.