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Exercising Your Character

A program for fourth- and fifth-graders that combines physical activity with motivational messages.

exercising your character

WHO: 4th & 5th Grade Students
WHAT: A free inspirational and motivational session that includes physical activity
WHERE: Hy-Vee Hall - 730 Third St., Des Moines, IA 50309
WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us on April 12 for 90 minutes of dancing, singing and motivational messages from famous athletes, coaches and role models. If your class has not attended the Exercising Your Character (EYC) event before, they are in for an experience they will never forget! Hy-Vee has sponsored Exercising Your Character since 2007 in cooperation with The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University, an organization that promotes civility through character development at all stages in life. As part of the event, dancers lead students through fun, upbeat songs that get them moving and complete 30 minutes of aerobic activity! This is a great benefit if you are participating in the Go the Distance Day program as these 30 minutes will count toward your goal.

Registration for the event is free. Prior to the event, all students who are registered to participate will receive a free t-shirt. Following the event, a free lunch will be provided to all students as they return to their buses. All participating schools will be provided with a bus transportation allowance. The deadline for registration is March 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

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Please note this event is loud; however, there will be a "quiet space" designated for those who want to watch the event live via video capability. Also, a handicapped accessible entrance and space is available at Hy-Vee Hall.

View 2016 event photos

Questions can be directed to Kourtney Arnold at 515-267-2800 or via email at

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