Middle School Students Walk To School To Support Healthy Plainville!
A group of Middle School of Plainville students kicked off "Walk to School Day" as part of the "Healthy Plainville" initiative. On April 8, a group of middle school students who typically take the bus to school were dropped off at a designated location, to walk the half mile route to school that morning. Students were chaperoned by school faculty members, district administrators, school board members, and members of the Healthy Plainville Coalition who accompanied them on the walk. "Walk to School Days" are also being planned for the other elementary schools in Plainville in April and May, with the next middle school walks planned for April 29 and May 27.
In 2009, Plainville was chosen as one of sixteen communities nationwide to receive a grant to fight childhood obesity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Wheeler Regional YMCA received the grant and spearheaded the Healthy Plainville initiative. The three primary goals of the initiative include: increasing physical activity before, during and after school; increasing physical opportunities in the community; and increasing access to healthy foods.
"I would like to acknowledge my colleagues Amy Tennant, Shannon Shea-Lyons and Camille Westfall who worked very hard in planning and launching the Walk to School event with me," said Middle School of Plainville Physical Education Instructor, Adam Murphy. "We were originally contacted by Roberta Brown, who working with the Healthy Plainville Coalition, initiated the program. We started out small with two school buses but would like to eventually include the entire student body and get as much participation as possible. Along with Roberta Brown, we also had tremendous support from Sally Miller and Foster White who both have been instrumental in helping jump start this program."
"I am very proud of our staff for pursuing this initiative. They saw the need to address the problems associated with inactivity and took action to develop this program at MSP to create a healthier, more active and connected community," said Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.
-Posted on April 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM
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