Students Plan Track for Community Use

posted Mar 13, 2014, 7:57 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Mar 13, 2014, 7:58 AM ]


WATERLOO — Students at Waterloo Elementary School have chosen a school project that benefits not only themselves, but their community, as well.

The school’s fourth- and fifth-grade classes announced during Tuesday evening’s Town Council meeting they will lay a running and walking track around the school’s playground for student and community use.

“The running track will be used by the school, but will also be used by the people of the community,” the students told the council. “It will be nice to have the community join us in our project.”

The classes considered a variety of options for using the school’s outdoor grounds before ultimately voting on the track, the students told the council. Then, they voted on where to lay the track.

The track was eyed to run around the baseball diamond at the school, but 10-year-old Drake Huisman told the council, “We don’t want to get hit in the head with a baseball.”

Ultimately, it was decided the best location was around the playground on the school’s north side.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Councilman Nathan Diehl. “I run all the time. I’ve got a couple kids, and I look forward to taking them over there to run, as well. You guys did a great job.”

The students said they are aiming to have the track open this spring. The project will depend on volunteer assistance and donations, though, the students said. Members of the community can contact the Waterloo Elementary School principal’s office to donate money or volunteer labor to support the project.

Article from The Star on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Written by Aaron Organ