A local elementary school is getting its boys up and active

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FRUITVALE, Colo. Students at Fruitvale elementary school meet in front of the school at the flagpole for a program they're calling, Men on the Move.

“The big thing we're trying to get across is communication skills, team work, working with each other, and never giving up," said Men on the Move founder, Garrett Pierce.

Around 40 young boys come into school early to work out on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week.

"I think it's awesome, it gives the boys to do stuff," said Niko Asteppa who is in 4th grade.

"It's worth it in the end. Because when I'm sitting at home, all I'm doing is sitting on the couch or whatever," added Austin Music, who is also in 4th grade.

The goal is to make these boys lift objects, communicate with each other, and maneuver through obstacles like ropes. It’s through working out, these boys are also learning valuable life lessons.

"I learned you always need teamwork no matter what," said Asteppa.

The organizers also want the community involved in the program. Zach Vogel is the founder of heroes training systems. He regularly helps lead these boys through the workouts.

"There are so many young minds that are ready and willing to suck this stuff up. So if we can just pour into them and teach them new skills, it's absolutely limitless on what the possibilities are," said Vogel.

While each challenge can be tough, for these students, it's worth it.

"If you give up you will not succeed in that, and you want to keep on going," said Music.

The creator of men on the move said they're currently working on a program for the boys throughout the summer. If you would like to get involved in Men on the Move, you can stop by Garrett Pierce’s office in the school.

A parent or legal guardian will have to sign some forms, and then you will be added onto their list.

They meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:45am. Right now, they’re hoping to continue the program through the end of the school year. It’s set to end after Thursday, April 27th.



 
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