Explorer Ann Bancroft Visits Marine Elementary School

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World-famous author, teacher and adventurer Ann Bancroft visited Marine Elementary School to celebrate their Winter Warm-Up Challenge. (Photo courtesy of PowerUp)

Marine Elementary School students were visited by a very special guest last week for participating in PowerUp’s WinterWarm-Up Challenge.

World-famous author, teacher and adventurer Ann Bancroft visited Marine Elementary School to celebrate their Winter Warm-Up Challenge.

For five weeks — from Jan. 8 to Feb. 11 — Marine Elementary School kids stayed active by learning outdoor activities like cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating.

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World-famous author, teacher and adventurer Ann Bancroft visited Marine Elementary School to celebrate their Winter Warm-Up Challenge. (Photo courtesy of PowerUp)

“The Winter Warm-Up Challenge was a huge success and the whole school had a great time getting outside and being active this winter,” said Stephanie LeGros, Marine parent volunteer and Program Lead of the Winter Warm-Up Challenge. “The students developed an enthusiasm for winter and reached their activity goals. It’s great for these kids to learn new skills that will keep them healthy and active in the great outdoors year-round.”

Ann was the first woman to reach the North Pole on foot and by sled. Ann and Norwegian polar explorer Liv Arnesen become the first women in history to sail and ski across Antarctica’s landmass – completing it in 94-days and 1,717-miles.

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With her achievements, Ann was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for the United States.

Marine Elementary facilitated this program in partnership with PowerUp and Lakeview Hospital, Community Education, Healthy Moves and the St. Croix Valley Ski Club.  A special thank you to our sponsors St. Croix Valley Foundation, Youth United Way and the Marine School Association.

Organizers hope to expand the Winter Warm-Up Challenge to other schools next year.

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