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Woodsboro Head Start students walk across Texas
Apr 08, 2010 | 801 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walking on Woodsboro’s “Healthy Trails” are: Alonso S., Marcus P., Kaleb B., Layla R., Miranda M., Russell E., Derrick P., Second Row:  Jordan Z., Kira M., James M., Dante Q., Andrew H., Glen G., Briley P., Macie R., Kenzie S., Dominic L., Hailey A., Back Row:  Alexis D. Ta’Vyah J. and Parents Melissa Meacham, Erica Skrobarcek and Elizabeth Allen.
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Woodsboro Head Start has undertaken a project that seems to be catching on among the students and families. Using the “Walking Trails” that wind throughout the beautiful old oak trees on the campus of Woodsboro ISD, students and their families are walking and recording the miles they walk.

Over 1,500 miles have been walked in a few weeks. Mrs. Rivera’s class and Mrs. Clark’s class have challenged one another to see which class can walk and record the most miles.

So far, Mrs. Rivera’s class is ahead, but Mrs. Clark is encouraging her students to bring a family member with them to walk and have fun.

John Rivera, center director, and Brenda Wilson, family service worker, came up with this activity from the Community Needs Assessment.

Children and families are becoming more sedentary with parents working one or more jobs, students playing computer games and sometimes watching TV, instead of getting outdoors and exercising.

Thinking of ways to get kids moving and having fun, they came up with the Walk Across Texas walking challenge.

To make the activity more meaningful and exciting, Mr. Rivera and Mrs. Wilson have been developing a “virtual field trip” to reflect the miles the children have walked. To demonstrate to students how far they have walked, they drew a line on the U.S. map leaving Woodsboro, and ending up at Disney World in Florida.

Next, they have downloaded pictures of the square in Woodsboro and pictures of different towns and landmarks they would encounter on their “virtual field trip” to Disney World. The kids have walked so many miles, that new destinations will need to be selected because they have logged more miles than it would take to walk to Disney World.

“Congratulations, kids! We would like to invite all Woodsboro Head Start families to get involved. Come on out and have some fun on the trails with your child. We look forward to seeing you,” said Woodsboro Elementary School consultant Nancy Miller.

“We’d also like to thank Mr. Self, superintendent of Woodsboro ISD for helping the district get the grant that funded and created these beautiful walking trails throughout the school.

“Anyone can come out and enjoy a walk among the old and graceful oak trees.”
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