Saturday, October 5, 2013

Chesnut Charter Elementary Unveils
New Walking/Running Path

DUNWOODY, GA, October 4, 2013 – Chesnut Charter Elementary students returned to school on Monday, September 30th to a brand new running/walking path.

Friday, September 27th started the construction of the Chesnut path, a new safe route for Running/walking, both during and outside of school hours. The Chesnut running/walking path is one-tenth of a mile round and eight feet wide. This weather-resistant, low-maintenance path is made from GAB (crushed stone), and allows our students, faculty and families to exercise in a secure location on level ground, away from highly trafficked roads. 

The path will be used during Physical Education, the Boosterthon Fun Run and Field Day. It also provides a potential facility for our teacher and parents interested in eventually starting an after-school running club.Having a running/walking path will support a strong emphasis on physical fitness, “ said Ms. Veronica Williams, Chesnut’s principal.  “I am hoping parents, community supporters, staff, and students will value this new addition to our school.”
 
The new path is almost entirely funded by a school health mini-grant that Chesnut Charter received last year as part of Governor Nathan Deal’s Student Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) initiative. Having used part of the $5,000 award for two Farm to School nutrition lessons launched during Physical Education classes -- (Fall 2012 - “Tasting a Rainbow of Plants”, and Spring 2013 - “First Eat Real, Second Read Labels”) -- Chesnut’s Parent Teacher Council voted to fund the remaining eight percent of the cost of the running/walking path. Robert McCann of Lawrenceville-based civil engineering firm Haines Gipson & Associates, Inc. donated his services to draw up a construction plan, and the installation was completed on time and within Chesnut’s allotted budget by Wildcat Striping and Sealing Company.
 
"Before" Picture of the Chesnut field area
 
New Chesnut Walking/Running Path
 

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