, Muskogee, OK

November 28, 2012

Grants to build walking trail near schools

— By Wendy Burton

Times Editor

The dirt work for a walking trail has begun near the elementary schools. Mary Cawvey, the health and fitness coordinator of Fort Gibson Public Schools, said the trail is the result of a $10,000 grant from the Cherokee Nation, a $500 grant from McDonald’s and contractors who have “generously discounted their services to help us make our walking trail a reality.” The trail begins at the Intermediate Elementary parking lot and lines the fence row, continuing along the playground fence line and beside the softball field fence, continuing to the fence that connects the two elementary schools.

There will be a turn around area so walkers can double back to make the entire course about 1 1/2 miles. The trail will be small gravel, Cawvey said, but she hopes to get a future grant to get it paved. The grant was submitted by former Assistant Superintendent Linda Clinkenbeard, Cawvey said. A fitness committee worked on researching the types and cost of trails to help the project along.

Cawvey said until this year, she has taught middle school physical education and her students last year helped analyze different trail paths.

In the end, Cawvey said, the students overwhelmingly said there were not enough walking paths at the elementary schools.

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