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Teaneck Mom: 'We Can Make America Great Again'

Jahaira Ortiz Olowe of Teaneck is collecting school supplies through an exercise challenge she's doing on Facebook.
Jahaira Ortiz Olowe of Teaneck is collecting school supplies through an exercise challenge she's doing on Facebook. Photo Credit: Jahaira Ortiz Olowe

TEANECK, N.J. — Jahaira Ortiz Olowe of Teaneck was sick of seeing the negativity surrounding the U.S. Presidential election on Facebook.

So she took matters into her own hands.

Olowe in October launched a 60-day "Exercise to Educate" social media challenge which will provide school supplies for local districts in need.

"I just wanted to redirect everyone's attention," said Olowe, a Zumba Fitness instructor.

We don't have to wait for a president to 'make America great again.'

"You can do that yourself just by stepping up for your community."

Olowe asked her friends to pitch her different exercise challenges, and depending on the day, she'd do that number of repetitions of the exercise (i.e. 20 push ups on day 20).

There was a catch, though: the person challenging Olowe would have to donate the number of repetitions she did in school supplies (i.e. 20 erasers on day 20).

Each day, she makes a new video and uploads it to Facebook. She's done everything from mountain climbers to full on sprints — and is currently in the process of finishing a 49-mile challenge for day 49 (she's counting down!).

Olowe has 20 days left and by the end, will donate all of the supplies she's collected to area schools in need.

"We can make America 'great again' just by stepping up for our communities," she said, "and providing for our communities when they need it."

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