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Stevenson Ranch dedicates new track

Posted: March 7, 2008 2:22 a.m.
Updated: May 8, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Stevenson Ranch Elementary students run an inaugural lap on the school's new track, which was dedicated Thursday morning.

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Students at Stevenson Ranch Elementary School began their journey toward healthy bodies and strong minds Thursday when they inaugurated their new $170,000 running track.

Two students from each grade, who were chosen for their effort and tenacity, represented the school by taking the first lap around the four-lane, 200-meter track.

"It was pretty cool being chosen as one of the first runners," said sixth grader Cyndi King. "My teacher knows I love running."

It took the school two years to raise the money for the track through fundraisers and other projects. In addition to $100,000 allocated by the site council and a $10,750 grant, the school's student council raised $7,000 and the Stevenson Ranch Education Foundation raised $55,000 through its annual Tri-R-Athalon.
"The whole community came together to raise money for the track," said Principal Candace Fleece.

The Tri-R-Athalon promotes the three R's: Reading, running and 'rithmatic. Students find sponsors who make donations for every page read, math page completed and lap run during a special event at the school. This year's Tri-R-Athalon, scheduled for March 14, will be the first time the students get to run around a real track.

Now that the track has been completed, money raised during the Tri-R-Athalon will be used for fitness stations, including a climbing wall, to be set up around the track.

"The final part of the project will be the addition of fitness stations," Fleece said. "We're really working hard to encourage healthy patterns for life."

Sixth-grader Brock Shriver said he plans to spend a lot of time running on the new track.

"Oh, yeah, I love running and I'll be out here every recess," he said.

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