New Hanover County Schools




28 Students with and without Disabilities to Receive Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards at First Annual “I Can Do It!” Event

Ashley High School Students with and without disabilities
FIRST ANNUAL “I Can Do It!” Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards (PALA+) will honor 28 students with and without disabilities, who have participated in an innovative national initiative to increase physical activity levels.
Pala Logo
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Ashley High School
Student Activities in the Gymnasium
Awards in the Cafeteria
“I CAN DO IT! (ICDI)” is an initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.  Ashley High School has supported the partnership established with the United States Department of Health and Human Services to implement this program during their Partner Physical Education class (Honors Service Learning Course).
Ashley is one of several schools in North Carolina that took part in the “piloting” of the “I CAN DO IT” initiative.  North Carolina was one of eight states that implemented this program this year. The ICDI program is designed to address childhood obesity and Type II diabetes also found in youth with disabilities who are more prone to be inactive.  
The ICDI program initiative at Ashley took place in the physical education/activity program that linked peer partners with students with disabilities. The program has provided training and guidance during physical education class assisting individuals in becoming physically active by participating in 60-minutes of exercise a day, for five days a week,  during an eight-week interval. Students with and without disabilities have completed the program and will receive the President’s Active Lifestyle Award certificate.
Ann Hughes (, Adapted Physical Educator, NewHanover County Schools, (910) 431-4233
Ryan Hauck (, Physical Educator, Ashley High School, (910) 790-2360