Brentwood gets moving for new fitness trail - May 03, 2011

Record Number: 7503
Displayed from: May 03, 2011 , until: Jun 30, 2011

Brentwood Elementary will host two events this month to raise money for a new fitness trail at the school. From 1-2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, students will participate in ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously). The event promotes good health and exercise as well as being a fundraiser for the trail. Students were given collection envelopes for donations from family and friends with a goal of walking or jogging one mile. Next week, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, parents will be invited to the school to participate in PACES (Parents and Children Exercising Simultaneously). A picnic dinner will be served with proceeds benefiting the new trail. Families will be encouraged to walk a mile together, and students from North Side High School will be supporting the school by joining in the walk. The fitness trail will be -mile long and located around the perimeter of the school's playground and grassy areas. Parkview Hospital helped the school get started with its plan by hiring a land planner to map out the vision for the trail, which is expected to cost $30,000. So far, the school has raised $9,000. "We believe it is important to be healthy and active, and adding a fitness trail to the school grounds provides one more option to our students and parents to get fit together. We already have many neighborhood and community members who visit our unique handicap-accessible playground, and we expect they will benefit from the trail as well," said Brentwood Principal Dianna Chadd. "We hope to break ground on the project this summer so it will be ready to use during the 2011-12 school year."

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.