Kids Walk For Fitness

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

September 21, 2006

It doesn't matter if you ride the bus or get dropped off, for one Wednesday of a month, every child at Clark Elementary School is a walker.

"We provide an opportunity for them to get some of their physical fitness in before they even start their school day," said Clark Principal James Pierce.

Buses drop the children off a quarter mile from the school and they walk the rest of the way.

"Childhood obesity is a growing issue in our community. Thankfully it's not an issue at Clark School, but we want to keep it that way," said Pierce.

Students aren't just exercising, but also eating right with a whole wheat program.

"We're replacing all of our white bread products in the cafeteria with wheat and grain products," said Pierce.

They are drinking right too.

"We're trying to provide water in every classroom, trying to push getting fluids everyday and using water in class," said Pierce.

Clark is also sponsoring a 5k walk on Saturday, September 23 at 8 a.m. The money will go to benefit the 4th grade scholarship program, which provided two homes with new computers last year.

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