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GCS Celebrates New Walking Trails at Highland and Tusculum View Elementary Schools
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Greeneville City Schools hosted ribbon cutting ceremonies for the completion of two walking trails at Highland Elementary and Tusculum View Elementary Schools. Funded by the Project Diabetes Grant, the walking trails were designed to promote physical activity and, specifically, to reduce risk factors for developing diabetes.

Students and teachers at both schools are using the trails daily for Girls on the Run, nature walks, and other school activities. “It basically makes me happy, because I get my exercise!" said Ruby Froburg, a Highland Elementary School student. Tusculum View Elementary School student Leah Ford said, “The walking trail gives me a place to exercise while talking to my friends!”

The trail is also open to the community after school hours. “Community members frequently come to use the trail,” said Tusculum View Principal DeAnna Martin. “We appreciate the ability to provide this for our community.”

Coordinated School Health Supervisor Jeannie Woolsey wrote the Project Diabetes Grant application. Ms. Woolsey credited the efforts of many individuals, stating that “projects such as these are never the result of one person’s efforts. It has been the result of many people working together.”

Greeneville City Schools wishes to offer special thanks to Mr. Brad Peters and the entire crew of the Greeneville Public Works department; Mr. Dave Wright, local architect; and Mr. Phillip Graham, Operations Supervisor Greeneville City Schools for making these trails possible. The community partnership to make these trails a reality has been truly outstanding.

“The Public Works Department recognizes how these trails will enhance our community” said Brad Peters. “We are honored to be a part of both projects.”

The purpose of the grant, which is entitled “Get Active Everywhere,” is to encourage students, staff and their families to choose daily to live a nutritionally healthy, active lifestyle.  The $200,000 grant has been administered over a three-year period, including the completion of these two walking trails.

The development of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) reflects strong coordination and synergy across all of the components: physical education as the foundation; physical activity before, during, and after school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement.

“It warms my heart seeing families on the trail, walking with children in strollers and enjoying time together as a family,” said Highland Principal Shelia Newland. “We are truly grateful.”

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