More than 100 Rowland Unified students reported to the Lakers training camp on April 16, where they got to meet the players and coaches, as well as the Laker Girls.

The Lakers had invited 250 students to the Fit For Life Health Fair in El Segundo. Telesis Academy in West Covina and Blandford Elementary in Rowland Heights were two of the five schools selected to participate.

The kids got to meet the Lakers Metta World Peace, Earl Clark, Chris Duhon and Devin Ebanks. They also hobnobbed with Player Development Coach Phil Handy and celebrity chef Marsh Mokhtari.

"We had worked with them for the Lakers Reading Challenge, so they emailed us about a new video contest," said Telesis teacher Tracy Do.


Telesis Academy students attend Fit For Life Health Fair with Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo courtesy of LA Lakers)
year, the Lakers ask kids to read six books in six weeks. Students who finish the challenge get a prize, certificate and chance to win tickets to a Lakers game.

"Classes that get every student to read can win grand prizes such as an ice cream party with Laker players, game tickets for the whole class or a pep rally at their school," explained Blandford teacher Greg Paynich. "When I taught at La Seda Elementary, my class won tickets to the all-star game."

So the Rowland Unified schools decided to try the video contest. They had to make two minute videos that show how schools keep students fit for life.

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