Students in last year’s Summer School Program for Searsport, Frankfort and Stockton Springs elementary school students recently received a $500 check for winning the statewide 5-2-1-0 video contest.

Amy Hafford, coordinator of the Searsport Elementary School Afterschool Program and Mariko Brown, who runs the Frankfort and Stockton Springs Afterschool Programs, helped the students create their video during the month-long summer school program.

The 6-to-10-year-old students in the program divided themselves into four groups and each took one number from the 5-2-1-0 logo.

The students in the “5” group (eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily) dressed as Super Heroes and were shown eating and enjoying the taste of vegetables and fruits. One boy from that group said he was The Riddler, who is obsessed with riddles, puzzles, and word games and delights in forewarning both Batman and the police of his capers by sending them complex clues. He was eating grapes in the video.

The “2” group was shown sitting and watching television and playing with a game devise. A parent stepped out and told them to stop because they had already spent two hours on recreational screen time.

Stretching, jumping rope, hula hooping and performing other physical exercise was how the “1” group represented the goal of getting at least one hour of physical exercise per day.

For the “0” group, students with sugary drinks were shaking their heads "no," but others were giving a "yes" shake to water and skim milk.

Amy and Mariko said the students spent one afternoon planning their video and Mariko taped the kids for the final video in only two takes.

As for the $500 the students won for the video, they are currently discussing where they want to spend the money on an active field trip.