Meet Finley, NYS AHPERD's Mascot!
Finley Gets Moving is an interactive storybook for children that focuses on the importance of physical activity, published by NYS AHPERD. The book gives readers the opportunity to bring the pages to life with accompanying the physical activity. The main character Finley is a sheepdog and the official mascot of NYS AHPERD who travels to their events throughout New York State. Finley loves to be active and in the book shows his best friend Sasha, a calico cat, how to get moving and make healthy decisions. Reneé Brown, a member of NYS AHPERD, authored the book, and illustrators were Little Falls residents Matthew Verri and his father, Marc Verri.
"Starting good exercise habits early is a key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This book will show children some easy ways to get started and how to inspire a friend to do the same," stated NYS AHPERD Executive Director Colleen Corsi. "We were delighted to have the creative artwork by local artists, Matthew, and Marc Verri, bring Finley and Sasha to life in this book." Corsi noted that a fun element in the book is that some of the drawn scenes may look familiar to Little Falls residents.